Oystese Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
Well today was the reason we were all gathered here and it was time for the main event. Got up about half past nine and my mum made us all a big cooked breakfast beore we started to get ready. My cousin had to take Hanna along to the church for 11 o'clock, as although there were two services at the church, at 10 and 12, there would be one group photo of all those having their confirmation.
We were ready by the time he got back, but he still had to get changed, and although we were told to be there by 12, Hanna phoned me about 20 to twelve to say folk were already heading into the church, so we headed off. Was only a five minute drive along to the church in the centre of Oystese.Rest of family were gathered outside the nice white wooden church, with all the women in their national costumes,looking brilliant, and after greeting everyone we headed inside.
We had a row of seats reserved in the church and once eveyone was inside the children being confirmed were led in procession by the minister and each took a seat in the aisle beside their families. Quite a nice service, even though I never understood a word of it :D, and at the end of it the the kids went in three groups for the ceremony. As each child took their confirmation, the rest of their families stood up in the church.
Once it was done there was a procession out of the church and every one gathered outside and we headed down towards the shore to get some pictures, lots of pictures. I was really taken with the national costumes, the bunad, and as is custom Hanna had got a new one for her confirmation. They are very expensive, even though her aunt Kristi had made it for her.
Lot of variation in the costumes, with different towns and regions have their own variations and lots of different bling, with the older women having much more as they receive bits for it as presents over the years. Particularly liked Rakel's, which coming from Bergen hers was all cream coloured and had floral patterns, but think it was the belt made out of little Bryggen houses that just topped it off .
After we were all pictured out we headed up to the local community hall, for a buffet lunch. A good spread was laid on, and there was a slide show of pctures of Hanna from when she was a baby. A couple of emotional speeches from Hanna and her father and we were all done by about 6pm.
We headed back to the cabins and changed out of the outfits and chilled for a bit. Again there had been plenty of food left from the buffet and we headed over about 8 o'clock for a light supper, since most of us had stuffed ourselves during the day. Kids were out playing football for a while after it, but the first of them headed for bed at 10pm and the rest not long after. It had been a tiring couple of days for them :D, but we sat up with a few more beers til around midnight