17th of Mai in London – Celebrate Norway’s National Day!

The Norwegian National Day is celebrated every year in Southwark Park in London with thousands of Norwegian gathering to walk in the parade, eat hot dogs and sing the national anthem together. Many will bring a picnic and the children can play all day. One of the most important days in the Norwegian calendar is the 17th of May, Norway's Constitution Day. In London we have a 17th of May Committee...

Confirmation in Norway – from childhood to adulthood

The Norwegian confirmation is an important event, marking the transition from childhood to adulthood. It is also arguably one of the most important days in a Norwegians life. Confirmation is often considered a Christian transition ceremony. In Norway it also is a known as a ritual when it comes to entering adulthood. In the olden days you could start an adult life with privileges like moving from...

Scandinavia’s Mardi Gras – How to celebrate Fastelavn like a Scandi!

Scandinavia’s Mardi Gras 'Fastelavn' is celebrated on the Sunday or Monday before Ash Wednesday, based on the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating the days before Lent. It's above everything a celebration for the children, with a carnival, sweet treats and decorations. Read on to see how to celebrate Fastelavn like a Scandinavian! The Scandinavian celebration Fastelavn means the...

Lucia Celebration and Church Service in London 2016

Lucia Celebration in London is one of the most important and popular Church services among Scandinavians in London. To many Lucia has become part of their Christmas traditions, and so the tickets sell out fast. Saint Lucia Day is a non religious day celebrated throughout Scandinavia as 'Luciadagen'. It's a Winter festival, marking the dark December night with a feast and light festival. It's a...

Definition of Hygge and How to create Hygge in your Home

The definition of Hygge? In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is simply the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Here are 5 easy steps on how you can create Hygge in your home. So why is Hygge such a Scandi concept? We believe it has a lot to do with rough climate and the Scandinavians ability to make the most out of small moments. As Winter approaches Scandinavians are all...