The second Sunday in February is Mothers Day in Norway. I had a nice little surprise from Lizzie this morning – a card and a box of chocolates! We also took Lizzie out sledging for the first time which was great fun! Not sure she’s going to be ready for the 2014 winter olympics but the training is going pretty well.
The first official Mothers Day in Norway happened on the 9th February 1919 and was associated as a family day. At the time it was more of a religious festival but soon became a recognised nationwide as a day to celebrate Mums in Norway. No specific traditions are associated with the day…only that Mothers generally get breakfast in bed and maybe some flowers or gifts.
Today is also Fastelaven – which is carnival day in Norway. Typically it’s a day for eating cream and jam filled bollers and sticking colourful features to a load of twigs – not sure why but I wrote an earlier post on this festival here. Lizzie’s Barnehage will be celebrating by having a carnival day on Friday where the children can dress up – she will be dressed as a rabbit. Hope I’ve understood the brief correctly! If any Norwegians are reading, please tell me if I’ve misunderstood and she needs to dress in a certain outfit :-)
In the UK we celebrate Mothering Sunday on the 4th Sunday of Lent so being a relatively new British Mum living in Norway I had hoped to benefit from two but was quickly told by Eliot that one was enough :-(