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Festivals & Holidays in Norway

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Easter, Christmas (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day are all recognized holidays), and the “common vacation” in July are the main holidays. There are many holidays in May, including Constitution Day (17 May), which is the major national event and an attraction in and of itself.

Public holidays (schools and businesses are closed):

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday, “Skjærtorsdag”)
  • Good Friday (“Langfredag”)
  • Easter Sunday (“påskedag”)
  • Second day of Easter (Monday) (“andre påskedag”)
  • May 1 – Labour day
  • May 17 – Constitution Day
  • Ascension Thursday (“Kristi himmelfart”)
  • Pentecost (Whit Sunday, “pinsedag”)
  • Pentecost 2ed (Whit Monday, “andre pinsedag”)
  • December 25 – Christmas Day (“juledag”)
  • December 26 – Boxing Day (“andre juledag”)

Many Norwegian holidays are observed on the preceding day (Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve etc.). Shops shut early on Christmas Eve (“julekveld”, “julaften”), New Year’s Eve (“nyttrsaften”), Holy Saturday (“pskeaften”), and the Saturday before Pentecost (“pinseaften”). Norwegians also celebrate midsummer on St. John’s Day, June 24th, by building a bonfire late in the evening the night before – “St.Eve.” John’s (“St.Hansaften” or “Jonsokaften”).

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