May 17th marks the country's independence from Denmark and the ratification of their own constitution. Now all countries have their own national day, but Norway's celebration seem to put everyone elses to shame. Just have a look at how much fun they are having:
The streets are basically packed with people from sunrise to sunset.
And everyone is dressed up in the national costume "bunad" that is hand-made and region-specific.
Except for the high school graduates, who wear pimped up overalls with their school colors on them.
The Royal National Guard is in on it too, and they even play instruments!
There's also a whole parade only for elementary and middle school kids.
Even this dog is enjoying the celebrations, despite the weather!
And these storm troopers didn't want to miss out either.
Who wouldn't like to go parading in this scenery?
Or better yet, wherever this patriotic guy is.
Or when you can have this amazing-looking pavlova?
And apparently it is customary to drink champagne for breakfast, just to kick start the day.
And there are plenty of games and activities going on all around, because why not?
And then they just stroll around all day, slightly buzzed and stomach full of ice cream (there is an unwritten rule that you can eat as much ice cream you want on May 17th).
The biggest newspapers are encouraging people to send them their Instagram pictures under the hashtags #nrk17mai or #ap17mai.
And people are! The national broadcaster NRK has received over 40,000 submissions.
In fact, the Norwegians are SO eager to include everyone in their celebrations that they have taken May 17th overseas!
Here's from the parade in Brisbane:
And the big apple:
If you want to see more, check out Snapchat's live story "May 17th in Norway".
Happy celebrations 🎉🎊🎈🎂