Sunday 17 May 2015
Constitution Day Celebrations
Our Norwegian National Day Celebrations
Our 'syttende mai' National Day Dinner will be held May 17th (7:00 for 7:30pm) at the Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh. Buses 23 and 27 stop on Dundas Street and there is on-street parking. The price for the meal, with a welcome drink on arrival, is £32. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, all are welcome. If you wish to book, please contact us via the website no later than Mon 04 May.
Join us to celebrate the signing of the Constitution – Norges Grunnlov – which formalised the dissolution of union with Denmark, and ensured that the Kingdom of Norway, as a 'free, independent, indivisible and inalienable Realm' exist as a democratic state based on the rule of law and human rights.
Last year (the 200th anniversary) we raised a wee dram to the achievement and Scottish descent of that most famous of Eidsvoll signatories, Wilhelm Frimann Koren Christie. WFK Christie (b1778), whose statue stands in the centre of Bergen (the Hansa trading town where his Montrose ancestors settled), was Permanent Secretary to the Assembly during its deliberations on the Constitution. Quick of mind and quiet in his consideration of difficult issues raised in debate, he was lauded for his statesmanlike gravitas and courage.
Norway Day in Edinburgh
For those of you joining us for our celebratory Dinner, we look forward to seeing you! And for a day of family fun, don't forget to join the Parade, starting (at the one o'clock gun) - when the pigeons fly! (Further details from NORSA).
A Warm Welcome to NSA
Our Association, which meets in Edinburgh, provides an opportunity for Scots, Norwegians and friends to get together and to celebrate important Norwegian events. Whether you have a family connection with Norway, or just a love of Norwegian or Scottish culture, why not come and join us? Ye'll surely find a 'hearty welcome'!
Did You Know?
Norway enjoys a long tradition of tartan. A tartan 'mønster' - not a euphemism for Scotland's 'Nessie' - is a tartan 'check' or 'skotskrutet'. Several Norwegian tartans, both tradtional and contemporary, are registered in the Scottish Register of Tartans, the national repository of tartan designs maintained by the National Archives of Scotland.
The Norwegian Centennial, for instance – which you'll see graces our website – was commissioned by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Edinburgh in 2005 to celebrate 100 years of Norwegian Independence and to foster ever closer links between the people of Norway and Scotland.
Norway's traditional tartans are most closely associated with the valleys of eastern Norway: Gudbrandsdal, Valdres and Hallingdal, all the way through to Romsdal district in the west. The 'rondastakk' widely used in Gudbrandsdalen is a recognized and celebrated element of the 'bunad' or national dress of the region and is just one of several designs thought to owe origins to Norway's one and only skirmish with the Scots – the battle of Kringen 1612.
The origins of the tartans of Valdres and Hallingdal – where tartan is still woven - are shrouded in mystery and perhaps best pondered over a good glass of malt!
With the exception of Norwegian Centennial, all images Crown copyright, courtesy of National Records of Scotland Scottish Register of Tartans .