The 17th of May is the Norwegian Constitution Day. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation separating themselves from the Swedes. This took place in 1814 which lead to a friendly rivalry for many years to come. Earlier on, the 17th of May was celebrated as an Independence Day but into the 1900's it was seen more as a celebration of the royal family.
It is a public holiday in Norway so everyone takes to the streets to celebrate. Local school and kindergartens are usually involved in parades in the major cities and towns with live bands (traditionally Military bands).
Kristiansand is no different and the city centre is a large festive event. The locals put on their traditional outfits (Bunards) and sign national songs.
This year will be a special occasion in Oslo after the dreadful killings from a year ago. Our thoughts will go out to those affected.
Here are some pictures from the march to Kristiansnad Airport on 17th May 2012.