The Constitution of Norway, which declared the country to be an independent nation, was signed on this day in 1814.
Although full independence was achieved only in 1905, it's today when Norwegians celebrate their nationhood. Many Norwegians will wear their colourful regional costume, or bunad, consisting of finely tailored suits and elaborate milkmaid-styled costumes. Tens of thousands of people will turn out to watch long parades of school children and local marching bands, many of them starting as early as 7am.
Our celebration will be to drink a Northern Lights cocktail, named for the Aurora Borealis, that incredible light displ of charged particles in the sky, which can be seen over northern Norway on clear, dark winter nights.
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