17th of may

Today is the National Day of Norway. And as a first-timer for this grand celebration, I had to wake up early to see the festivities down in Karl Johan, the road leading to the Royal Castle where every year, the Royal Family comes out to the palace balcony and greets the people of Oslo.

The day started with the march of school children at 10 AM towards the Royal Castle. This year, 111 schools from all over Greater Oslo paraded in their colorful regalia and with their school’s musical corps. So as you can imagine, there’s the traditional sausages, ice cream and soda stands everywhere to keep these kids happy. In the afternoon, graduating high school students took their turn and paraded towards the City Hall in their trademark red jumpers and caps. This year though, the infamous bling-bling buses didn’t make their way across the crowd. But these hot Royal Guards did, and of course, they were led by who else? An Asian, that’s who.

What amazed me was that people actually took their time to dress to the nines – suits for the gentlemen and dresses for the ladies – or clad themselves in the traditional costume of Norway called bunad. I didn’t know that these special handmade bunads are expensive, fetching from around 25,000 kroner (EUR 3,000 = GBP 2,100 = USD 4,100) apiece. I want something like the one pictured below, but I don’t think this one is designed for the Oslo region. Each region in Norway has its own bunad design. Or something like that. Hehe.

Anyway, I also dressed my part and took to the streets of Oslo with friends.

With Neil in front of the Stortinget or the Parliament, where each year the Norwegian President waves to the crowd.
With the group across Stortinget where we waited for the Russetog or that marching troop of high school students.
Walking around town. Believe me, after spending some time walking along Karl Johan, you’d want to walk along side streets to escape the crowd.
Later in the afternoon, we invited our friends to the rooftop terrace of our apartment where we had some champagne and small snacks. The view was fantastic from up there – one could see the Oslo fjord, the mountains, and the major cityscape.Also, the weather was absolutely nice, the sky was at its bluest, and the wind was just chilly enough to keep the temperature in our flute glasses just the right degree for our drinks. Okay, that last one was an exaggeration. We ended the day with Kill Bill Vol. 2. Where did that come from? Hahaha!

Happy National Day, Norway! Thank you for having me.


12 Responses to “17th of may”

  1. 1 kevin May 18, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Happy National Day Norway.

    It looks like you are all dressed up and enjoying the day.

    Kev in NZ

  2. 2 DATS May 18, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    you look hot in that suit!!! and nakakainggit naman!!! whoa!!!

  3. 3 Fendi May 18, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Did you have some Norwegian traditional sausages? ARe they big? :)

    Have a lovely weekend!


  4. 4 NeiLDC May 19, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    wow! congats!!! IM jealous!!! anyway, mark and neil and your friend!!! Two thumbs up!! like your attire guys!!

  5. 5 ski May 20, 2007 at 2:15 am

    your entries are quite interesting.you gave me fresher ideas..

  6. 6 savante May 20, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Get a bunad for next year!

  7. 7 chase May 20, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Love the outfit! I just stayed home during 17th of may since I was exhausted from filming.

    Anyway, who is that tall guy? hmmmm he looks good!

  8. 8 Mark May 20, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I enjoyed it, Kev. Thanks for dropping by!

    You always look hot, Dats!

    Hahaha! YES! They are BIG, Fendi! Have a lovely one, too!

    Thanks a bunch, Neil!

    Looking forward to reading more of your entries, ski.

    I’ll try, Paul! It’s very expensive y’know.

    Say hello to our resident gorgeous, Chase. Okay, second resident gorgeous. We all know I’m the first. Hahaha!

  9. 9 Nick May 21, 2007 at 6:41 pm

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  10. 10 RennyBA May 21, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    What a great 17th of May post. You really have gotten the clue about this Norwegian National Day and I’m glad!
    Thanks for your comment on mine too:-)

  11. 11 Bino/Geno May 23, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Hello. Are you based in Norway? Bloghopping.

  12. 12 Mark May 24, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the kind words, Nick! You’re a fab read, too! And with those Pinoy boys posted in your blog here and there, what more can one ask for? :-) Your link is now active.

    I sure had a fun time, Renny!

    Yes, Bino/Geno, I am living and working in Norway. :-)

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