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#17MaiMN Syttende Mai 2021

May 15 - May 17

Mindekirken may not be able to have their usual blow-out event with hundreds of people for 17. Mai 2021, Norway’s Constitution Day, but the event is far from canceled!

Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, and Norway House usually celebrate the 17th of May on the Sunday closest to the actual date. This year, it falls on the 16th. The usual programs will be online this year, but it appears that we may be able to safely host small, private gatherings this year with close friends and family, adhering to public health guidelines and procedures, of course. That’s why Mindekirken and Norway House are working to give you resources to make the most out of your 17. Mai from home!

On Saturday, families can stop by Mindekirken in their car for a ‘Mini Backward Parade.’ You drive by, and the parade happens around you! Norway House and Mindekirken have flags, ribbons, bulletins, songbooks, recipes, and other goodies for kids and families to take home in preparation for the big day! While it may be a quick little parade, you’ll be able to sing loudly, wave your flag, and hip-hurra safely from your car.

Then, on Sunday tune in for the Festival Worship Service with all of the talented choirs and musicians and warm up your voice with a few hymns so you’re ready to sing along with Ethan after the service! Check back on this page for a blog with even more information about worldwide celebrations, plus plenty of activities, recipes, and traditions.

10:00am–12:00pm Mini Backward Parade at Mindekirken Parking lot
Enter on the East side of the Church (10th Avenue). You will proceed through the parking lot to the South side of the lot (21st Street). To aid against congestion in the parking lot, Mindekirken is encouraging visitors with last names starting with letters A–M to come at their leisure anytime between 10:00–11:00, and visitors with last names starting with letters N–Z to come anytime between 11:00–12:00. The parade will only take a few minutes so you can get back home to prepare for your own celebrations!

11:00am Mindekirken Festival Norwegian Worship Service on Mindekirken’s YouTube Page
12:30pm Norwegian Kids Sing-Along with Ethan “Esten” Bjelland on Norway House’s YouTube Page

7:00pm  Syttende Mai Minnesota evening online celebration. Click here for more information and RSVP.

2021 GRADS
Norway House would like to recognize the High School and College graduates in our Norwegian-American communities by making shout-outs on their website, Instagram Story, and Facebook posts. If you know someone who is graduating that you’d like our community to recognize, send a photo and a maximum 75-word bio to info@norwayhouse.org with the subject “2020 Grad.” Information received by 12:00pm CDT on Saturday, May 16 will be posted throughout the day on May 17th. Submissions received through the end of the day on Friday, May 22nd will be posted throughout the following week.


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924 E 21st St
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