On 17 May, it is tradition in Norway to dress up in the national costume, known as bunad, and to invite friends and family over for a champagne breakfast or barbecue party.
Other traditional celebratory activities include marching bands and parades across the country. After these events, there are usually games and other entertainment, as well as plenty of hot dogs and ice cream.
Because of COVID-19, things will be a bit different this year; there will be no gatherings with over twenty people, with social distancing measures still in place. Instead, the Norwegian government is encouraging everybody to sing the national anthem at home at 13:00. The national broadcaster NRK will be broadcasting live reports from all over the country throughout the day.
SPAR stores nationwide are helping customers prepare for this year’s more home-based edition of the national day by highlighting great offers on national flags and other party items. SPAR stores are also stocking all the ingredients needed for celebratory dishes such as ice cream, berries, pavlova, sausages, and burgers.
The 17 May Constitution Day is a golden opportunity to grill. At SPAR, customers can find tapas and barbecue food for the whole family. On its general company website, SPAR Norway is sharing recipes for festive and seasonal recipes for throughout the day.
Opening hours in May may vary slightly, so shoppers are encouraged to check the opening hours at their nearest SPAR store via the website.
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About SPAR Norway
NorgesGruppen ASA is the parent company of SPAR Norway and is the market leader in the highly concentrated Norwegian grocery market. The SPAR licence for Norway was signed by NorgesGruppen AS in 1984. In February 2013, NorgesGruppen purchased 49% of the Dagrofa Group – the licence partner operating the SPAR Brand in Denmark.
SPAR Norway operates two retail formats: EUROSPAR, which continues to see expansion and growth following very positive consumer response, and SPAR, the neighbourhood supermarket format, which was the first format to be established.