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Fun and festivities in Norway - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Norway is one of the most amazing and beautiful Scandinavian countries. It is interesting not only for its stunning landscapes, but also for its deep customs and traditions. Norway is rightfully famous for its numerous commemorations and festivals which are held in various parts of the country.
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Just like many other countries, Christmas is one of the most important and large-scale holidays for Norway. The Norwegian name for Christmas is Yule. It is celebrated on the 25th of December. On this day, traditional ceremonies dedicated to the Norwegian Santa Claus, Julenissen are held. Christmas holidays last until 13th of January. Within the duration of the festivities, all sorts of masquerades, hymns, reindeer runs, cross-country skiing, and “Yule goat”, which may be compared with Russian Kolyadka goat, are often held.
Another equally important and massive holiday is Shrove Tuesday. The Norwegian carnival Maslenitsa is similar to ones in other states by the fact that it absorbs not only Christian but also pagan traditions. However, it includes its own customs and traditions. Copyright
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Easter is the main religious holiday in Norway. Like residents of many other countries, Norwegians paint chicken eggs on Easter. The Norwegian symbol of Easter is the yellow chicken which becomes a decoration not only for all shop windows, but every festive table. On November 11th, St. Martin’s Day is celebrated throughout the country. On this holiday, it is customary to arrange a delicious dinner and prepare roasted goose. This is due to the fact that eating food of animal origin after St. Martin’s Day is not accepted until Christmas.
The Constitution Day of Norway is celebrated on May 17th and is accompanied by numerous carnivals and concerts. Traditionally, participants in the carnival wear national costumes on this day. In addition to well-known holidays, a number of interesting and unusual festivals take place in Norway. First to be mentioned is the March wine festival which is held in Stavanger. Besides this holiday, the city annually pleases its guests and residents with a festival of potatoes and a week of garlic, as well as a jazz festival.
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The city of Lillehammer is known for its blues and jazz festivals which are held in March and September respectively. But then again, these are not the only music festivals in Norway. Every year, the wonderful city of Bergen becomes the venue for a large-scale International Music Festival. In addition to this, various music and dance festivals are held in Balestrand, Hardanger, Kinsarvik and other cities.
Kulturhuset Bølgen i Larvik Fans of history and local traditions will like the June Viking Festival which takes place in Kopervik. Among other interesting events are the folklore festivals, which are organized regularly in Honningsvåge and Förde. No one will be indifferent to the International Chamber Music Festival which takes place in the above-mentioned city of Stavanger in August. During the last month of summer, residents and tourists can enjoy the music of many outstanding composers, including Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Brahms, Grieg and Mendelssohn.
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Nevertheless, the most popular of all festivals is the Summer Festival which takes place in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It lasts throughout the month of June. It includes a huge variety of free activities for adults and children. During the festival, there are a lot of live concerts held in the center of the capital. Everyone can enjoy not only Norwegian folk music and dances, but also classical music and jazz.
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During warm part of a year numerous free concerts and festivals take place in Oslo. The most significant of them is Jazz Festival. Shopping fans are recommended to visit Karl-Johan-Gate Street, in which they will find most fashionable shopping malls and trendy boutiques. Among the shopping malls, which may be of a great interest to travelers we should definitely underline Oslo City, Glasmagasinet, Byporten, Steen & Strøm, Aker Brygge and Paléet. Many interesting souvenir shops and jewelry … Read more
In warmer months, travelers may have an unforgettable walk through the beautiful natural places of the city and its environs, where there are hundreds of different routes. In Trondheim there is the largest indoor water park of the country, Pirbadet. It is a colorful entertainment center attractive in all respects that will please both the youngest guests and their parents. The water park is ready to offer several pools and slides, equipped recreational areas, whirlpool baths, cozy restaurants … Read more
Bergen will surely please fans of night entertainments. Engelen is known as one of the most popular nightclubs of the city. Its interior is made in a unique style of the 80s of the previous century. In the evening music of most diverse styles is played in the club. Visitors can become the participants of colorful retro parties and enjoy performances of popular DJ's. Styles and parties can change, but only one thing always remains the same - funny and friendly atmosphere of the club. Club … Read more
Water rides to the fjords are another interesting activity for tourists in Alesund. Such voyages are particularly popular in summer. Special tourist ferries make cruises along the coast, taking passengers to the most beautiful areas of the region. You can take a closer look at the colorful houses that Alesund is famous for from water, see old lighthouses built along the coast, and admire the picturesque nearby villages. If you like natural attractions, make sure you visit Rundebranden that … Read more
Excursions to Lake Mjøsa are extremely popular with nature enthusiasts. Fascinating hiking trails pass along its shores. The largest variety of paths is available in the warm season. Special fishing areas are quipped on the lake for those wishing to catch Rare Norwegian trout. Near the water, the are some of the most fertile arable lands in Norway, which are also available for tours in summer. In addition to walking along the lakeshores, tourists are offered boat trips. The most unusual … Read more
In the surroundings of the city, there are several natural sites where you can admire rare trees and other plants. Many years ago, royal birches were planted here. Today, birch groves are very popular with tourists. Fans of fishing should visit Yertyuia located near the coast. This island is one of the attractive fishing sites. For hundreds of years, hereditary fishermen have been living here. Nowadays, the fisheries museum reminds of this traditional industry. A lot of additional services … Read more
Foldvik Familypark is a popular theme park that can be visited by tourists with kids during the warmer months. It is made in the style of a farm and is located in one of the beautiful suburban areas. Here, children can learn how to take care of domestic animals, have fun in a haystack, as well as try out many rides and playgrounds. Besides, the park offers a small zoo with very cute tame animals, which are allowed to be fed and held in arms. This park is very popular with locals, you can relax … Read more

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