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The Konfirmasjon (the confirmation)

Confirmants outside a church. Photo: Hedalen.no

As you drive through or visit Norway in April, May and June you will see the churches, villages and towns full of people in bunad (national dress) on Saturdays and Sundays. They might be wandering through the town at a leisurely pace, or gathered outside a church. To the initiated it might look like they simply enjoy dressing up at the weekend, but there is much more to it and a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. It's called the konfirmasjon.

When a child in Norway reaches the year of their 15th birthday they take part in a ancient rite of passage, the confirmation. This rite of passage usually takes place in the late spring or early summer, in other words April, May and June, when the weather is pleasant but no-one is yet heading out to their cabins for the summer months.

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