Norway loves it’s holidays! Government agencies, banks, and many of the businesses will be closed on official holidays.
|January 1||New Year||Official Holiday|
|Wednesday Before Easter||Holy Wednesday||Businesses typically open|
|Thursday Before Easter||Maundy Thursday||Official Holiday|
|Friday Before Easter||Good Friday||Official Holiday|
|Varies||Easter Sunday||Official Holiday|
|Day after Easter||Easter Monday||Official Holiday|
|May 1||May Day/Labor Day||Official Holiday, Festival of Workers & Flowers|
|Thursday, 40 Days after Easter||Ascension Day||Official Holiday|
|May 17||Constitution Day||Official Holiday|
|50 Days after Easter||Whit (Pentacost) Monday||Official Holiday|
|December 24||Christmas Eve||Businesses tend to close early|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Official Holiday|
|December 26||Boxing Day||Official Holiday|
|December 31||New Year’s Eve||Official Holiday|
Flag days outnumber holidays, but business are generally open. They are defined by constitution and require observance by government agencies.
There are also special occasions, like Mother’s Day or Midsommer’s Eve, that fill the calendar.
As if all that were not enough, every day of the year is a Name Day. More on that later!
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I really enjoyed the information about the Norwegian Prayer and it brought back wonderful and deeply felt memories. I’m so grateful I have the original Norwegian prayer in needlepoint. My sister made it and I cherish it. Thank you!