Since this is a blog about my daily life and the significant four seasons in Norway, I can’t miss the chance to tell you about another sign of spring – 1st of May, the labours day. I’m not that political active and was born a true capitalist, but have gradually changed into a social democrat. Who know, I might die as a communist :-)
The socialist Labour Party is responsible for the creation of Labour Day. It became a Norwegian national holiday celebrated every May 1st following World War II, but the idea originated in Paris at international labour congress in 1898. Labour Day was strictly observed in Norway for the first few decades of its existence. At that time, the life of workers was hard. Working six to seven days a week, ten hours a day, for very little money was the norm. A national day of rest was truly a significant event back then.
Today, referring to my article below, since Norway is ranked the best place to live in, there are new battles to fight: equal rights between the sexes, improvement of education, anti social dumping (there are a lot of foreign workers in Norway with low wages) and some even fight for a 4 day work of week. What I like the best though, is that the demonstrators are more focused on unfairness and difficulties in other parts of the world and people who are repressed and threatened for their race, religion or the colour of their skin.
On the 1st of May in Norway, political leaders give their speeches all over the country. In Oslo, at the “Labours Square, Youngstorget, LO (The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions) are the host. In the picture above, you see the podium and I could not resist having myself captured from there. Maybe I run for Prime Minister in the next election :-)
What reminds me most of spring this day is the brass marching band playing in the parade. I love their music and it is like hearing the nation coming out of hibernation. Most of the bands in Norway are school bands which have been practising all winter long and are now ready to salute the new season. They will be an important part of our 17th of May – our National day – and I can hardly wait to tell you about it. Then the children will be the participants in the parade. That is what’s so charming about how Norway celebrates their signing of the constitution.
I had my mobile phone with me of course – as always – and since it also makes videos, I will like to show you an example of the brass marching band playing. Not the best quality, but I hope you get the idea of them. One of my bonus children is playing in a band like this. And this year, their grandmother from the US is coming over. We can hardly wait to show her the proud drummer playing for her on the 17th of May. So stay tuned.
I’m going to Sofia, Bulgaria, this week, so it might take a while before I’m back with another sign of spring in Norway and some pictures from Bulgaria as well!