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Photos: Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day

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Jens-Henrik Selin
Jens-Henrik Selin and his son Thomas Albert make their way to a Syttende Mai celebration at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 20, 2012.
MPR News Photo / Nikki Tundel

The Norwegian culture was on display across the Twin Cities on May 20, as churches and communities celebrated Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day. ("Syttende Mai" translated means May 17 in Norwegian.) In Minnesota, the holiday is often commemorated on the Sunday closest to that date. Each year, one of the biggest celebrations takes place at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis.