May in Norway – A Month with 3 Holidays!

May is a month full of holidays in Norway. You start with a day off on 1st of May, then in the middle of the month a big national celebration and end with another day off in the end of May. It is the exam period for our students, but there are still something you can look forward to!

1st of May: Labour Day

It is a holiday to celebrate workers’ hardwork and achievements. Offices, shops and supermarkets are closed. Enjoy the day but don’t forget to get food and essentials the day before.

Adults and children dress up in traditional dresses (Bunad) and waive flags at the passing procession.

17th of May: Norwegian Constitution Day

17th of May is probably one of the most important days that you need to experience if you are in Norway! People dress up in their beautiful Bunad (traditional dress) or formal outfit in blue, red or white, have a champagne breakfast then watch the parade on the street! It is a day filled icecream, champagne and food with friends or family.

Read more about 17th of May: May 17th – Norway’s National Day & More than a National Day- Understanding 17th of May to see how Norwegian celebrate!

30th of May: Ascension Day

This is a holiday related to religion. The date of Ascension day changes each year, but it is always on Thursday and the 40th days after Easter. By taking a day off on Friday creates a long weekend.

May holidays in 2020

May 1st: Labour Day , May 17th: Constitution Day and May 21st: Ascension Day.

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