Photographer's Note

This picture was taken May 17 in Oslo, at Bestum, on the the National Day of Norway. Some more pictures as workshops.

The National Day is very much focused on the children, who march along the main streets, playing music. The weather was also very good this day, some clouds in the afternoon when the WS pictures were taken, also at the same place.

The Constitution of Norway (complete name: the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway; official name: Kongeriget Norges Grundlov; Norwegian Bokmål: Kongeriket Norges Grunnlov; Norwegian Nynorsk: Kongeriket Noregs Grunnlov) was first adopted on 16 May and subsequently signed and dated on 17 May 1814 by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll. It was at the time considered to be one of the most liberal or radically democratic constitutions in the world, and it is today the second oldest single-document national constitution in Europe after the Constitution of Poland (May 3, 1791) and third oldest in the world, still in continuous force.

Bunad (Norwegian plural: bunader) is a Norwegian umbrella term encompassing, in its broadest sense, a range of both traditional rural clothes (mostly dating to the 19th and 18th centuries) as well modern 20th-century folk costumes. In its narrow sense the word bunad refers only to clothes designed in the early 20th century that are loosely based on traditional costumes. The word bunad in itself is a 20th-century invention.

The bunad movement has its root in 19th-century national romanticism, which included an interest for traditional folk costumes not only in Norway, but also in neighbouring countries such as Denmark and notably Germany. However, in Norwaynational romanticist ideas had a more lasting impact, as seen in the use of folk inspired costumes.

You can also watch this!

At exactly 44 ´ 37 ". you can see our 12-year old grandson, lifting his flute and start playing for the king!

The film (TV broadcast) should start at 43 ´ 17 " when Bestum School (# 27) walks up the hill to the royal castle. See WS #3.

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