May 17: Syttende Mai Celebrations
A celebration of Syttende Mai will be held at First Lutheran Church, 327 S. Dakota Ave., on Thursday, May 17. The event is hosted by the Norseman’s Federation, Sons of Norway, Norse Glee Club, Minnehaha Mandskor and Nordland Fest.
Details of Nordland Fest include:
4:30 p.m.: Reception & Exhibits
6 p.m.: Scandinavian buffet
- 7 p.m.: Program
Reservations are required for Nordland Fest. Tickets can be reserved and purchased by calling 605.338.5160. Cost is $17 for adults and $9 for children (kids 5 years old and under are free).
About May 17 — Syttende Mai
The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is observed on May 17 each year. Among Norwegians, the day is referred to simply as Syttende Mai (meaning May Seventeenth), Nasjonaldagen (The National Day) or Grunnlovsdagen (The Constitution Day). The Constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation. The holiday is celebrated with parades (especially involving children), family gatherings, and a variety of other traditions including meals and the famous russ (high school students celebrating graduation).
Dr. Art Olsen