Text by Norwegian Embassy in Singapore / Photo by Bjørn-Tore Markussen
Here in Singapore over 800 people gathered in Fort Canning Park for a traditional Norwegian celebration. The celebrations started with a children’s parade with students from the Norwegian Supplementary School who marched up Fort Canning Park waving their flags. They were led by the band, Kirkebakken Janitsjar, playing traditional Norwegian marches. The sun was shining and the park was filled with young and old dressed in festive attire.
Once the parade reached the flagstaff by Raffles House, there were speeches by the 17th May committee and greetings from King Harald V were conveyed by Deputy Head of Mission Larissa Falkenberg Kosanovic followed by the national anthem. Traditional Norwegian songs were performed by the school choir and a group of students gave the 17th May address and recited their own poems. Marques had been erected in the park for a buffet dinner and there was also the more traditional hot dogs and ice cream on offer. The 17th May is primarily a day for the children and with entertainment from bouncy castles to a magic show the celebration was a great success.
In the evening the Ambassador gave a reception for the adult members of the Norwegian community in Singapore at the residence.