I hope all of you have been able to stay healthy and away from all the "bugs" that are going around our area. Curt and I ended up with bad colds that kept us from being at Elvesvingen's January program. I would like to thank John Bungum for taking over my presidential duties that day. Our speaker was Marsha Danielson, Vice President of Economic Development at South Central College in North Mankato. A member told me that she was an outgoing, good speaker. From his books on the Kings of Norway, John also presented some information on Harold Fairhair.
I was told that the meal was very good with the fruit soup receiving a thumbs-up! Thank you co-chairs Dick and Kris Norland and Carol Seifert and all your servers. People also enjoyed the lovely rosemaled table decorations.
Our next program will be on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 am in the Heritage room at Bethlehem Lutheran. We will be playing Bingo with prizes for the winners.
If you are interested in lutefisk, go to Dell Lutheran Church, 47500 97th St, Frost, on Sunday, February 4th, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm for their delicious meal. You can purchase tickets at the door. Questions? Call the church at 507-878-3391.
In Norway, February 6th is celebrated as the Sami people's day (Samefolkets dag). The following information is from an article in The Norway Post in 2016. February 6th is celebrated as the indigenous Sami People's Day in Norway and other Scandinavian countries. The day is official flag day in Norway, and the Sami flag is flown on all official buildings.
The Nordic Sami Council decided in 1992 to celebrate a joint Sami National Day, and the day was first celebrated on February 6th 1993. It marks the date of the first Sami National Convention in Trondheim in 1917. This was the first time the Sami gathered around common interests, across national Nordic boundaries.
After 100 years of 'Norwegianization', Sami spokesmen started working for a recognition of Sami culture, language and Sami rights around the turn of the century. The Sami language is again used in local schools, and a Sami Parliament has been established in Norway. The Sami are also campaigning for first rights to natural resources in their region.
The Sami anthem and flag were approved at a Nordic Sami Convention in 1986. The Sami National Day on February 6th has been made official flag day in Norway, alone or alongside the Norwegian flag.
Around 40,000 Samis live in Norway, 20,000 in Sweden and 7,000 in Finland. In addition, an estimated 2,000 live in Russia.
February is filled with numerous days for celebration. I hope you have a happy Norwegian Mother's Day on Sunday, February 11th, and that on February 14th you will be able to spend some quality time with your special valentine!