Today, 17. May, is Norway's National Day, celebration our Constitution from 1814. Norway is still young as a free nation.
17. May is the children's day, with children's and citizens parades with brass bands playing and everyone parading in the streets. No military parades involved other than military bands playing too, and the king's guard being the band of honour, playing in the capital Oslo, as the front band in the big parade before the royal castle.
A lot of info in English and some photos can be found here.
The dress code is formal, and this is the day when everybody wear their best clothes and those owning National costumes wears them.
We have many costumes, both female and male, from all over the country.
DD1 has her own National costume - the red and black one, and DD2 is wearing mine today, but in 2 years, when she is 18 years old, she will have her own too.
Both my girls has got theirs from their grandparents on their father's side, the dress and jackets embroidered by their paternal grandmother and the blouse embroidered by their paternal grandfather.
The costumes have been their church confirmation gift from their paternal grandparents, in pieces, at age 15, to be sewn together professionally, to fit, at age 18, hence the reason why DD2 is wearing my National costume, embroidered by me for DD1's church confirmation 4 years ago.
The silver jewellery has been collected over years, and are specific to each costume.
I was happy to wear other pretty clothes today.
Early this morning I put the last seams in string quilt # 3 and donation quilt # 6 this year.
I really like how it turned out and it made a dent in the blue and beige scrap strips after all :-)
This is the last quilt for donation from me for a while.
I need to pamper myself with other projects now. My right shoulder is not liking more big quilts machine quilted on a domestic machine for a while, and other projects are also wanting attention.
17. May is soon history and I hope all celebrating it have had a lovely day !