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Holidays & Observances in Norway

Norway celebrates numerous holidays throughout the year, ranging from religious observances to festive local traditions. Norway is a Baltic country in Northeastern Europe. It is one of the richest countries in the world, and its people enjoy a high standard of living. Today, the population is mostly Christian, but before Christianity came to Norway the people adhered to ancient Norse mythology, which is no longer practiced, but has had a huge effect on Norway’s unique culture. Norwegians hold tightly to tradition, which can be seen especially in their celebrations of holidays and festivals.

Festivals are a large part of the Norwegian lifestyle, with a strong influence of food and jazz music celebrations. The Rakfisk Festival, which takes place on the first Saturday of each year in November in Fagernes, brings people together to appreciate the fine taste of fermented trout. Oslo, the capital of Norway, hosts several jazz festivals throughout the year, like Ultima or Dølajazz. These festivals attract attention from locals as well as tourists worldwide, uniting people through food and music. Traditional dance and music is often an important part of the holiday celebrations, and people wear a traditional costume known as a bunad which is reserved for special occasions.

Travelers visiting Norway in November can attend the popular Rakfisk Festival in Fagernes, or enjoy a jazz festival or two in Oslo. Aside from festivals, travelers may also experience traditional holidays by way of the locals, as Advent occasionally begins in November and celebrations are large and nationwide.

 

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
DST ends Daylight Saving Time Time Related
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
Father's Day Father's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Advent - First Sunday Advent Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Advent - Second Sunday Advent Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Advent - Third Sunday Advent Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Advent - Fourth Sunday Advent Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Boxing Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Eve New Year's Popular & Widely Observed
New Year’s Day (Første nyttårsdag) New Year's Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Princess Ingrid Alexandra's Day Birthday of a Leader Popular & Widely Observed, This Day Births
The Saami People’s Day (Samefolkets dag) Popular & Widely Observed
Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Mother's Day (Morsdag) Mothers' Day Popular & Widely Observed
Valentine’s Day (Valentinsdagen) Valentine's Day Popular & Widely Observed
King Harold V’s Day Birthday of a Leader Popular & Widely Observed, This Day Births
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
DST starts Daylight Saving Time Time Related
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labor Day Labour Day Public
Labour Day / May Day Labour Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Liberation Day Liberation Day Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Ascension Day Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
May Constitution Day Constitution Day Public
Pentecost Eve Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Whit (Pentecost) Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Dissolution of Union with Sweden Popular & Widely Observed
Midsummer Eve Saint John's Day - Midsummer's Day Popular & Widely Observed
St. John's Day Saint John's Day - Midsummer's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Queen Sonja's Day Birthday of a Leader Popular & Widely Observed, This Day Births
Crown Prince Haakon's Day Birthday of a Leader Popular & Widely Observed, This Day Births
St. Olaf’s Day (Olsok) Popular & Widely Observed
Crown Princess Mette-Marit's Day Birthday of a Leader Popular & Widely Observed, This Day Births