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Norway’s national day

Norway’s national day is 17th May. The day is celebrated to commemorate 17th May 1814 when Norway gained its constitution. It is usual to dress up on the national day. Many people wear a “bunad” or other national costume. Children’s parades are held during the morning. School children march in parades while waving Norwegian flags and singing songs. In many places marching bands play in the parades. Later on in the day there are often speeches and events at schools, in parks and in town or city centres. 17th May is also known as the children’s day.

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Norway’s national anthem

In Norway the national day is called the children’s day. How do other countries you are familiar with celebrate their national days?

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