Syttende Mai is a celebration of Norwegian culture and community, and it is also a youth-centered holiday. While there are flag-filled parades in Norway, your lodge can find ways to celebrate Norwegian heritage on any scale. Here are some ideas to include in your Syttende Mai event:
Go classic: Serve hot dogs in lefse and consume as much ice cream and soda as you like
Have some fun
Take a quiz about Norway
Read facts about Syttende Mai
Learn some basic Norwegian phrases
Plan a group volunteer activity
Organize a park cleanup day for all ages
Pass a resolution through your city to proclaim May 17th Norwegian Constitution Day (see p. 7)
While Syttende Mai is a day for fun and celebration, it’s also a great day to showcase Norwegian pride in your community.
Still looking for special programming for Syttende Mai?
Contact Jana Velo, Culture Coordinator, at [email protected] for ideas to add a little extra Norwegian flair to your May lodge event!