More than 200 years Norway got their own constitution that was signed on the 17th of May in 1814. In order to commemorate the significance of thier independence as a free nation, the Norwegians will assemble altogether to celebrate the most meaningful and biggest social gatherings of the Norwegians with flags, parades, food, games and speeches.
ScandAsia took this joyful oppotunity to collecte photos from celebrations of Norwegian National Day taking place on May 17, 2019 across Southeast Asia.
Beginning with the celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was held at the Ambassador’s residence. The guests were having a wonderful moment with children’s parade, games, speeches, and of course delicious food!
“We would like to thank the 17 of May Committee for organizing a fantastic event – and for the many sponsors that made it all possible,” Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur wrote on its official Facebook page.
Photos from the celebration of Norwegian National Day in Kuala Lumpur:
In Vietnam, the event took place during the blazing summer in Hanoi. Norwegian expats celebrated the day with the same traditional
activities across the region including a parade, tomato race, skiing, sack race, waffles, ice cream and, of course, Norwegian sausages defrosted in a Nowegian unique way.
Photos from the celebration of Norwegian National Day in Hanoi:
In Myanmar, Norwegian Day’s celebration focused on the importance of Norway’s first Constitution as well as the significant role of the children for the world. The children were encouraged to dress up in traditional costumes and join in the parade along with the music.
The assembly was led by a group of children from the International school of Myanmar (ISM) in singing the national anthems of both Norway and Myanmar.
The representative of the youth this year was a 15-year-old Felix, who gave a speech underlining the importance of inclusion of all people in improving the environment and refering the vital quote from Greta Tunberg on climate change that called for the adults from over the world to show thier leadership in solving the environmental issue.
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon wrote on its Facebook page, “we would like to thank the children from ISM, Felix, and all of our guests for joining us and to create a little Norway in the middle of Yangon.”
Photos from the celebration of Norwegian National Day in Yangon:
In Singapore, the reception of Norwegian National Day 2019 was more special than previous years because it was held the same day with the celebration of 50th Anniversary of Norwegian Embassy in Singapore.
The two events took place on Wednesday, May 15 at Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore. More than 100 guests were having an amazing night and enjoyed their time with wine, dinner, traditional dessert and a giant cake!
Photos from the celebration of Norwegian National Day in Singapore: