Norwegian National League
The Norwegian National League is the place to celebrate Norwegian American traditions and connect with all Scandinavian events in the Chicagoland area.
Check our calendars for upcoming member & special events.
GREETINGS from the President!Thank you for your interest in the Norwegian National League of Chicago (NNL). We hope our web site helps you learn more about us, our member organizations and their events; as well as the events of other Scandinavian groups in the Chicagoland area.
We are the “umbrella” organization for many of the area’s Norwegian-American organizations and sponsor scholarships and three events during the year. Our main event is the Syttende Mai (17th of May) celebration with a banquet and a parade honoring the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814. Additionally we have, a Leif Erikson celebration where we lay a wreath at the statue of Leif Erikson in October, and present a program as part of “Christmas Around the World” at the Museum of Science and Industry in December. Read More.
Always check of calendar of member events and our calendar of a broader range of Scandinavian events and activities, but we thought we'd highlight some that are coming up soon.
VIKING SHIP AT GOOD TEMPLAR PARK, Geneva, Illinois
2017 season has started!
Come visit the Viking in 2017! Exhibit will be open from
1:00-4:00 PM on the following dates: April 15, May 20,
June 18 (10AM-5PM), June 24-25, July 8, August 19,
September 16, October 21, November 11,12 10AM-4PM. http://www.vikingship.us/
JUNE 17, 2017
CELEBRATION AT VASA PARK, South Elgin,
June 17 3:30PM - 10:00PM
Maypole raising, picnic dinner at 6:00, bonfire lighting at sunset. Main course provided by the park, please bring a family sized dish to pass. $5.00 per adult, Scandinavian Park members free, children 12 and under free www.vasaparkil.com
FROM AN ARTICLE ON WIKIPEDIA
As in Denmark, Sankthansaften is celebrated on June 23 in Norway. The day is also called Jonsok, which means "John's wake", important in Roman Catholic times with pilgrimages to churches and holy springs. For instance, up until 1840, there was a pilgrimage to the Røldal Stave Church in Røldal (southwest Norway) whose crucifix was said to have healing powers. Today, however, Sankthansaften is largely regarded as a secular or even pre-Christian event.
In most places, the main event is the burning of a large bonfire. In Western Norway, a custom of arranging mock weddings, both between adults and between children, is still kept alive.The wedding was meant to symbolize the blossoming of new life. Such weddings are known to have taken place in the 1800s, but the custom is believed to be older.
It is also said that, if
a girl puts flowers under her pillow that night, she will
dream of her future husband.
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