The 17th of May, Norways constitution day, is now underway. Celebrated across the land with flags, parades, bunad, childrens games, hot dogs and ice cream.
If you didn’t get to march by the castle in a school parade, or get up early enough to get a good spot on the castle grounds you can see the Royal Family sharing the nations joy right here. From left to right HRH The Crown Prince Håkon (he will be the next king), his heir the young HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra, HRH the Crown Princess Mette-Marit, HM the Queen Sonja, and of course HM the King Harald V. They will stand on the balcony and wave to the children,s parade until it is finished, which takes of course several hours. This is one of the Royal Family’s most important events of the year because it is a time when they are available and visible to everyone.
Then after all the activities we are hungry and its time to eat. It is very traditional to eat Norwegian Pølse, or hotdogs on the 17th of May, and as I have mentioned before the children enjoy often the first outdoor ice cream of the year, and can eat as much ice cream as they like on that day. But if you are looking for something more refined, especially for the grown ups you can make a beautiful 17th of May cream cake like this one.
This one of course was not baked by me. I am good but my cakes usually do not look that perfect. They taste great though. Remember to stop in and wish our friends a happy 17th of May. You may read about the 17th of May celebration from different perspectives at RennyBA’s Terella, Irish Nomad , Corinne and Charels Ravendal