I went up to London on Saturday with my Norwegian friend Tanya to celebrate with her and 8-10,000 Norwegians the 200th anniversary of nationhood. It was a beautiful day – really lovely and many of those present wore the traditional bunad.
Men and women wear bunads. Each of them is different according to the region of Norway you are from.
We arrived early and enjoyed some Norwegian entertainment.
The folk dancing was by a group called Tinndølan. It was very slow moving but quite soothing.
I really enjoyed hearing the hardingerfele (hardinger fiddle). If you’ve ever seen the second Lord of the Rings film, you would have heard a hardanger fiddle.
This piece involved a boy kicking a hat off a stick. In the background, someone was playing the munnharpe which I’d never heard before. It was a very beautiful sound.
Of course, there was much more dancing.
And I loved looking at the bunads.
Of course, being a celebration, there was cake – Norwegian birthday cake is called Bløtkake. I didn’t manage to eat a piece but I am told it is much like Victoria sponge with lots of cream and fruit on it.
I did, however, get to eat some traditional Norwegian food – hot dogs wrapped in lompe (pancakes) and Norwegian waffles.
At 1.15pm, they all sang the Norwegian National Anthem and then they got together for the parade around Southwark Park.
We had a great time on the parade with everyone else. We stopped, took some photos, joined the parade again 🙂 It was great! Great atmosphere and people were very happy.
It is traditional to wear red, white and blue ribbons on Norwegian National Day so Tamyra and Sirius couldn’t have missed out on the fun!
Gratulerer med dagen! 🙂