17. mai feiring - Photo:Foto: mroach/Flickr
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Constitution Day Celebration 2019

On May 11, the Norwegian Community in Kuala Lumpur held their traditional Constitution Day Celebration at the Norwegian Ambassador's Residence.

Keeping with merry traditions, the Embassy celebrated Norway’s Constitution Day (“17th of May”) with the local Norwegian community in Kuala Lumpur. A family-friendly day organized by community representatives, the celebrations were held at the Norwegian Residence on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The event was a great success – with over 130 attendees.

Whether in Norway or abroad, Constitution Day is an important day to celebrate that we live in a free and democratic society. It also a family day with fun traditions to be followed and games to be played. This year, a Malaysian brass band joined us to play Constitution Day songs, even accompanying us as we embarked on a parade in the true spirit of 17th of May.

May 17 is often referred to as Children’s Day – and this is no less true when it is celebrated in Kuala Lumpur. During the day, kids of all ages enjoyed excess amounts of ice cream, hot dogs and lemonade. In the front yard, children of all ages were having fun playing various games – and two clowns were hard at work entertaining children and crafting elaborate balloon animals.

A large book giveaway was arranged by the “17th of May Committee”, with a large variety of classic and loved Norwegian children’s books, as well as textbooks and workbooks for Norwegian language learning.

To keep up with traditions, we also had our 17th of May “lottery”. This year we had a record amount of lottery tickets sold – largely thanks to the very popular goodie bags that included sweets brought from Norway.

The Embassy thanks the “17th of May Committee” for organizing the event, and all the guests who joined us for the celebrations!