From the INN team May

May, for many, the most beautiful month of the year. Spring flowers in full bloom, the grass so green and lots of celebrations to look forward to. This is a month of long, light evenings and in the north of Norway the midnight sun starts to shine mid May. At long last we can start  to wear lighter clothing, forget all about snow and winter and look forward to summer. Normally May is the month with the least amount of rainfall, so it´s time to get out the garden furniture and BBQs. Maybe its time for this years first swim, as some people traditionally have their first swim on May 1st. Whilst others wait until the water is slightly warmer. While we wait for warmer water, the beaches make wonderful picnic areas, so take a blanket and a basket and enjoy being outdoors.

For some, May is the month of exams and hard work, while for others it´s party time.  May is the month of confirmations, garden parties and 17th of May celebrations.The Norwegian Constitution Day is the National Day of Norway and is an official national holiday observed on May 17 each year. Children’s parades then take place across the country, and led by marching bands they walk through their communities. The largest of the traditional parades attract tens of thousands of people waving flags and shouting “hurra!”. The day is also an opportunity for men and women to show off their “bunad”, Norways national costumes. There are hundreds of varieties, with colours and styles indicating which region in Norway the owner's ancestry lies. In  April and May we´ll see the red or blue jumpsuits of the “russ”, soon-to-be-graduates celebrating the end of 13 years of school.The 17th of May is the last day of their celebrations and the russ have their own parade. Ask them for a card, called a “russekort”, and you will get their personal  card, with personal info and more or less funny jokes on it. Ice cream and hot dogs are traditional during the celebration.This is a truly special time to be in Norway. If you are driving, bear in mind that the centre of most cities and towns will be off limits, with traffic jams likely when the parades finish.Remember to check out  the 17th of May program where you live. The programs can be found on your municipal websites. 

We have a lot of activites planned in May, including a hike to the Pulpit Rock and a 17th of May get-together. Check out our events calendar for more information. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.
Greetings from the INN team Randi, Inger Tone and all the volunteers.
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