New Year’s Eve
The year begins in January the 1st, it is called the “New Year’s Day.” On this day, most shops close their doors, many get a holiday from work, and children get a school holiday in this. It is the same around the world and Norway is no exception.
International Women’s Day
March 8 is International Women’s Day. In the 1970s, many participate in work for gender equality and women’s rights. Norway celebrates International Women’s Day every year since 1972, but it is not an official holiday.
In the month of March or April, Easter is celebrated, and its dates vary from year to year.
Easter is a Christian religious holiday, but for many, Easter is not only a religious occasion, but additional days of holidays to be taken after a long winter.
Shops are closed for several days on Easter and many people get a vacation from work during those days. School students get a holiday on all Easter days, and many employees take an additional holiday in addition to public holidays.
Ascension and Pentecost
Celebration of the Ascension Day 40 days after Easter, and celebration of Pentecost after 50 days of Easter, these two feasts are considered Christian holidays, and the Day of Ascension Day and the second day of Pentecost celebrations is an official holiday.
International Labor Day is the first of May.
At that day, many take part in a march that expresses political issues of concern to them.
May 1st is an official holiday.
Norwegian National Day
May 17 is Norway’s National Day. Norway celebrates on May 17, 1814, its own constitutional law.
May 17 is Children’s Day as well, and most schools and kindergartens participate in processions waving and singing Norwegian flags. On this day, the majority of people dress up, and the bands walk through the scenic costumes, as many children participate in playing these bands.
On May 17th, children are allowed to eat all the sausages and ice cream they want, and children are excited about this day.
May 17 is an official holiday.
In December, Christian holidays, Christian religious festivals, celebrate the birth of Christ.
The birth of Christ and the celebration of Christmas are an important tradition for the majority, and it is a family celebration.
Celebrations of the birth of Christ come in the cold days of the year, and this means for many a celebration of light and warmth when there is complete darkness and freezing weather outside. It was also usual in the past to celebrate at this time of the year and before Norway became a Christian country, perhaps in order to light this darkness.
The night of December 24 is called the night of Christ’s celebration, and it is customary to eat traditional foods at lunch with the family.
There are different customs in different regions of the country, and most of them have their own habits that they think it is important to adhere to, and it is customary to exchange gifts from the night of Christ’s birthday.
In the run-up to Christmas celebrations, many people send greeting cards and e-mails to friends and family as well as well-wishers.
School going children take a break on all days of Christmas, and many workers take a vacation from work.
Shops are closed on certain days of the week for the celebration of Christmas.
New Year’s Eve
On December 31, many people celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and friends, many of whom launch fireworks, and in the middle of the night there is a wonderful scene when rockets and fireworks are launched in the dark sky.
New Year’s Eve celebration is not an official holiday.