This is a repost from 2011, slightly edited.
Syttende Mai is the Norwegian Constitution Day (the National Day of Norway) and is an official national holiday observed on May 17 each year.
It's a big deal up in North Dakota where I was born and raised... there are usually lutefisk suppers (can't stand the stuff myself, but I adore lefse and rommegrot) and sometimes parades.
Fun fact: when I was younger, I attended Skogfjorden (pronounced "Skoof-yorden"), the Concordia Village Norwegian Language Camp.
It's also a special day for me for two reasons: (1) it's the anniversary of my college graduation (2003), and (2) the anniversary of the day I got my very first positive pregnancy test (2004). Elanor arrived the following January. :)
In celebration, check out this very cool video of the Norwegian National Guard doing amazing drills on ice.
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