- The senior class of the local high school in party mood -
The “russefeiring” is a traditional celebration for Norwegian high school students in their final spring semester, which is originally coming from Denmark (like almost everything… just look at the language – the history had an huge influence here because Norway has been the junior partner in Denmark–Norway in the 16th century, but I am wandering off the point). When the students finish high school they call themselves “russ”, wear colored overalls and caps, make groups and name a van. If they even buy it, they party inside the entire night till school starts. In Eid they haven’t gone so far yet, but I guess that is just a matter of time, because I have seen pictures of the vans from the last years… I will then show you :)
The russefeiring traditionally starts on around April 20 and all activities connected to the celebration are organized by the students. Here in Eid it already starts with the “russerevy” in January and ends on May 17, the Norwegian Constitution day – and the students celebrate almost continually during this period (I don’t know how they want to do this with their exams still ahead of them, but fortunately this is not my problem). So it will be funny around here, I guess. The “russerevy” has it already been, which is a show performed by the students. It can be everything from entertaining comedy, over classic and contemporary plays to musical.
This time they wrote a comedy, including singing, about the local mayor, Alfred Bjørlo, whom I know personally. He sat in the public and laughed as much about his double as I did. It was just so funny and the opera almost sold out – a new record for a russerevy premiere. So I am really curious about everything else they come up with and what will happen in the next time – because drunkenness and public disturbances are regularly linked to the whole celebration thing. We will see ;)
Ha ein fin dag!
PS: Our snowy winter wonderland turned back into rainy west coast of Norway – it is such a pity.