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22nd-May-2007 05:34 pm

Photos from Norway :)

I guess I should explain some for all you non-Norwegians. The 17th of May is Norway's national day (Independence Day) and it's a big celebration. I guess the most well known part is the children's parade, where all the children participate. The concept isn't really more than walking along being happy and shouting, but it's really special when everyone is so into it. Oh and marching bands of course. I love the drums ^^

I'm not really sure how old the tradition is, but I'm pretty sure it started after Norway was liberated from Germany in 1945. I'm not good at explaining, so if you want to know more just click here for the wikipedia.

The rest of the pics are from the Russ parade. Russ is what we call people who are graduating from high school. They spend the 3 weeks before May 17th wearing weird clothes, doing weird "dares" and mostly just being drunk. The teachers hate it, but I remember it as good fun ^^. But ya, they end it all with a parade as well. I could tell you more, but read the wiki instead.

22nd-May-2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I love the culture you provide. Thanks again for the pics. It's a nice way to see parts of the world that one normally one would not have access to.
23rd-May-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
My pleasure dude :)
22nd-May-2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure how old the tradition is, but I'm pretty sure it started after Norway was liberated from Germany in 1945.
The first May 17th children's parade was organised in 1869, by a schoolteacher named Peder Quam - it only included boys from the school where he was a teacher. For 1870 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson organised a larger parade, which included 1200 boys (girls were not allowed to participate until several years later).
23rd-May-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Haha oh. I like my version better though!
22nd-May-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, det är fascinerande hur mycket ni norrmän firar er nationaldag jämfört med oss svenskar.

Haha, vår studentdag, som vi kallar den, er lite mer sofistikerad än er. :P
23rd-May-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Lite :P
22nd-May-2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Not all russ spend their entire russ time being drunk. Some of us actually had too much school work. :( *is a Red russ this year*
And I think our russ were a lot less fun than the russ you have photos of...if only because there were - what? Perhaps 20 of us in the parade? (then again, there are only 70-something of us - we have one high school with Red russ where I live)
AndI don't think there were any Black or Blue russ, either (actually, we don't have Blue russ where I live, but usually there are at least a few Blacks...I haven't seen anyone this year, though. o.O)
23rd-May-2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Awh, so you didn't have fun?
22nd-May-2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
I love the jacket/coat/whatever with the evil monkey on the back of it. ^_^
23rd-May-2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
It was a common one this year ^^
22nd-May-2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
wow it looked like our school graduation afterparty, except police were chasing us in the streets i was drunk and a friend passed in a flood drainage pipe.
23rd-May-2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
22nd-May-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
The 17th of May is the BESTEST day in the whole year! Wheeeeee!!!!
IS! PØLSE! *glede seg te neste år*
23rd-May-2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hurra :)
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23rd-May-2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Next year, come with :)
22nd-May-2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
awww that looked like tons of fun :[[ makes me wish i was even remotely close to norway and you did a fantastic job capturing the spirit of the day :] but you're a great photographer so i should have known lol
23rd-May-2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It really is better in real though. You're missing out on all the sound.
22nd-May-2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I love these photos! Looks like such a great time.
I especially like the first set.
I know in the 8 the balloon isn't compleeeetely red, but for some reason the photo just reminded me of Le Ballon Rouge from when we read it in school/watched the film. ha wrong country though.
23rd-May-2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

What film is that?
22nd-May-2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
loved the photos :)
23rd-May-2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
love the torres!
23rd-May-2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Russ is what we Arabs call Russians.lol

and looks like it's a really fun time ^_^

23rd-May-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
23rd-May-2007 08:02 am (UTC)
It looks like fun. I love parades. This weekend we have the Carnival of cultures in our neighbourhood in Kreuzberg. There will be 600 000 people dancing and drinking and celebrating the diverity of all different nationalitys living in Berlin. It's a bit like the Notting hill carnival. And 2 weeks later the Gay pride parade...
23rd-May-2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, sounds like something to experience :)
23rd-May-2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
great pics, a lot of fun. and some v. Beautiful people too, among lots of very happy nice looking people.
funny though... have you ever seen the movie Cabaret, with Liza Minelli and Joel Grey? there's a lovely line where Joel Grey, introducing the dancing girls with his really heavy "German" accent, says something like...
"Helga, und Mimi, und Inge, etc... Every vun a wirgin"
Now why did I think of that line when I saw your pics of those high school kids!?
23rd-May-2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
No idea? :P
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