Whether you’re looking to celebrate into the night or for a way to introduce Norwegian heritage to a new generation, here are a few ways to fill your summer with activity resources from Sons of Norway.
June 24 is Midsummer; one of the biggest summer celebrations in Scandinavia. It also coincides with the summer solstice, making it an ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. In Norway, the date also marks St. John’s Day, and the holiday is celebrated with food and drink with friends and family. One popular way to celebrate is with huge bonfires. In fact, last summer Norway set a world record for the largest bonfire when revelers in Alesund lit a bonfire that was more than 155 feet tall.
Instead of attempting a world record in your back yard, opt for something more practical. A small bonfire with your family is a great way to celebrate St. John’s Day and Midsummer at home. Consider adding a great Norwegian summer dish like Agurksalat or Norwegian Meatball Kebabs from Sons of Norway’s Recipe Box.
Every July 29, Norwegians celebrate St. Olav, Norway’s eternal king. The date is one of the 16 national flag days in Norway, when Norwegians are encouraged to fly their flags with pride. Every summer since 1954, a dramatic play highlighting St. Olav’s life is held in Stiklestad in Scandinavia’s largest outdoor amphitheater.
As a saint, Olsok is rooted in faith with church services honoring the king all over Norway, most notably in Nidaros Cathedral. Can’t make it to the Cathedral? Consider using this summer to participate in Sons of Norway’s Virtual Pilgrimage, which traces Olav’s path to Nidaros. It’s a terrific way to learn more about Norway’s rich history while getting active.
Family Fun Month
August is a great time to spend with family, and Sons of Norway has plenty of ideas for making the most of Family Fun Month. One great option is the Family Matters units from Viking magazine. Rain or shine, indoors or out, you’ll find exciting ways to connect your kids to their Norwegian heritage. A few of our favorite activities include Norwegian games, Raiders, Traders and Explorers and Folk Tales, Myths and Legends.
Be sure to enjoy the summer months with some of these Nordic-inspired ideas!