The Confrirmation

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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.

The Scots

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.

Women In The Bunad

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      

Dr_Seuss says:
Definately an experience, and so much better when you are in with the locals :)
Posted on: May 08, 2010
vances says:
Sounded like a splendid day with a fascinating cultural mix!
Posted on: May 08, 2010
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Ready To Go
Ready To Go
The Scots
The Scots
Women In The Bunad
Women In The Bunad
Inside The Church
Inside The Church
procession Into Church
procession Into Church
Hanna In Procession
Hanna In Procession
Outside Church
Outside Church
Oystese Kyrkje
Oystese Kyrkje
In The Churchyard
In The Churchyard
Down by Shore
Down by Shore
With Mum
With Mum
With parents
With parents
Hanging About
Hanging About
Old Dear And Rakel
Old Dear And Rakel
With Svien In Male Bunad
With Svien In Male Bunad
River In Oystese
River In Oystese
Community Hall
Community Hall
Table Set
Table Set
Leaha In Costume
Leaha In Costume
Cousins
Cousins
Scottish And Norwegian Costumes
Scottish And Norwegian Costumes
In The Hall
In The Hall
Outside Hall
Outside Hall
Hill Above The Church
Hill Above The Church
Order Of Service
Order Of Service
Oystese
photo by: aggieaggie