Syttende Mai 2018
MAY 18, 19 & 20, 2018
WSRA Syttende Mai Exhibition
The WSRA is proud to offer an exhibition of Norwegian Rosemaling.
During this exhibition, there is a competition for categories from youth through professional painters. Pieces are judged, critiqued and sold during this competition. Vesterheim Gold Medalists also display and sell their work. Many other rosemalers bring their artwork to sell at the exhibition.
Join us at the community room at the Stoughton Fire Department for our exhibition and sale!
Friday, May 18th.......................... 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 19th..................... 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Sunday, May 20th.............. 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Noon
* Pick up 12:30 - 1:00pm
May 17th (Syttende Mai) - Norway's Constitution Day
This joyous holiday is celebrated each year to commemorate the historic signing of the Grunnloven, the Constitution, in 1814.
Though Denmark lost Norway to Sweden after the Napoleonic Wars, when Norway wanted independence, Sweden was not ready to let go. In fact, the celebration of this day was outlawed and even forbidden throughout much of the 1800's. It wasn't until 1905, when Haakon VII, a prince from Denmark, became Norway's first named King, that they finally realized their full independence.
Today, Syttende Mai is a celebration of the people, the culture, the traditions and the royal family. Surprisingly, it is very non-military in nature. Music and festivities honor cultural pride, bunads share the heritage of families and hometowns, delicious food is prepared and devoured, and the red, white and blue ribbons make this time a memorable springtime celebration. The biggest highlights in most communities, are the parades of children. Elementary schools join together and march with bands, banners, song and flags. They visit memorials, senior homes and other places along their route. As the parade passes, bystanders often join in behind the parade and follow them back to the school. During the parade, a marching band will play and the children will sing lyrics about the National Day. The parade concludes with the singing of the national anthem "Ja, vi elsker dette landet", and the royal anthem "Kongesangen". The children also make a lot of noise shouting "Hurra! Hurra! Hurra!", singing, blowing whistles and shaking rattles.
People typically wear red, white and blue ribbons. Although a long-standing tradition, it has lately become more popular for men, women and children to wear traditional outfits, called bunads.
There are Syttende Mai celebrations all over North America. In Wisconsin, the WSRA joins with the City of Stoughton and the Sons of Norway to celebrate this joyous springtime holiday. Join us this year, May 18 - 20, as we celebrate Syttende Mai!