Celebrating Norwegian traditions in Alfas del Pi – May 17

Alfas del Pi on May 17 Credit: Alfas del Pi Council, Facebook

For more than five decades, the streets of Alfas del Pi have been celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day, which brings the nation and visitors together on May 17.

Two hundred years after the signing of the Norwegian Constitution, the town of Alfas del Pi will once again be resplendent in the colours red, blue and white to honour the Norwegian nation.

This year’s programme begins at 10.15am with an open-air church service in the Plaza Mayor, followed by a large parade at 11am from the Hotel Moli to the Casa de Cultura.

At 11.30am, a group of majoretes will join the parade, with speeches by the Mayor of Alfas del Pi, Vicente Arques Cortes, the chairman of the May 17 committee, Bjarte Buen, and the Head of the secondary school Den Norske Skole Costa Blanca, Nagel Severinsesn, highlighting the significance of the Norwegian nation in the municipality.

Traditional Norwegian dances will enliven the streets of Alfas with the old songs of the country, performed by the Norske Skole students in traditional costumes. From 12pm, ice cream, sausages, cakes and refreshments, including traditional Norwegian delicacies, will be available on the sports field behind Casa Cultural.

A raffle with a draw will begin at 1.30pm and games and activities for children will entertain kids and adults until 2pm at the municipal sports centre.

More than a thousand native Norwegians as well as visitors and residents from all over the world are expected to attend this colourful, celebratory cultural event.

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Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.