We have a children’s Bunad to give-away in celebration of this coming Syttende Mai (May 17), Norway’s National Day of Independence. Over the next few weeks we are holding a little competition for one lucky reader to win this traditional dress and have it sent to them for May 17.

A Bunad is a traditional costume of Norway. There are many different designs and decorations depending on where the Bunad comes from. For example, the coastal Bunads for men have a blue blazer with a tern (a seabird) embroided on the back, while a men’s Bunad in Østfold has a long white coat with dark green trim. As Norwegians are very practical, authentic Bunads aren’t for children. This is because a Bunad is very expensive to make (at least US$6000 for a basic one) – they are tailor-made, have lace and silver and jewels embroidered – and children would grow out of them too quickly. A Bunad is for life – once bought you keep it and add to it with items that mark special events, like christening and marriage. Sometimes old Bunads are passed down the family.

The Baby Bunad above is very similar to the one we are giving away but minus the cap and plus a white apron.

However, the children don’t go without on National Day. Many of them wear inexpensive children’s Bunads bought from the supermarket. Most often they have a white blouse with a red vest and black for bottoms. These Bunads are made for a couple of wears but by no means are they cheap and nasty. They are made with strong material that will certainly hold in the cold and snow. These Bunads, in their own right, have also become a traditional dress for children for special events.

About the Bunad
The dress is a babygirl’s generic Bunad. The Bunad is size 2-4 months (EUR 62) which means it will be perfect for a new born baby or to dress a large teddybear. It can also be made into a wall hanging or put into a frame. It has a white blouse, a red vest with a black skirt and white apron. The dress is 100% cotton and features lace trimming on the whites and an embroidered flower pattern on the trim with patterned tin buttons. The dress was designed by Små-troll.

Bunad Giveaway: The collar and buttons on the blouse.

Bunad Giveaway: The red vest, embroidery and button.

Bunad Giveaway: the top of the white apron.

About the Competition
There will be two stages of the competition.

Stage 1:
Tell us in the comments field under this article about a funny Norwegian food story or experience you have had – whether it be in Norway or abroad.  There are no limits to how many experiences or stories you can add – just make sure each addition is in a separate comment, as each comment will be considered as a whole.  You are most welcome to link to any picture you may have on the net to help your story – one link only as our spam filters will block you.

By Sunday 25th April, midnight, Norwegian standard time, comments will be closed.

Stage 2:
Moose and L-Jay will read all the stories and experiences and will pick five (5) of their favourite.  They will post these five in a new article on Monday 26th April.  Then you, the reader, will have a chance to read the picks and vote for your favourite to win the children’s Bunad.  The way to vote is by commenting on this new article ‘My Little Norway’s Bunad Giveaway‘ stating which story or experience you like the best.  Only one vote per reader.  You are welcome to express why you like the story you are voting for the best.  However, only the number of votes count towards a winner.  There will be three days for voting.  On Wednesday 28th April midnight, standard Norwegian time, voting will be closed.  Votes will be added and an article will be posted the next day announcing the winner.  The children’s Bunad will be posted by Friday 30th April.

Rules of the Competition
1. Close family and friends of Moose and L-Jay cannot enter a story or experience.  (Sorry guys – it’s just to keep things fair for everyone else as we won’t be influenced by you ;D.  But you are welcome to vote!
2. The children’s Bunad includes a blouse and a vest with skirt and apron (brand new).  No additional items are included.
3. Readers can submit as many funny stories as they like, however, each one must be in a separate comment (this means you will get more chances to win ;D).  Stories written by Trolls will not be published – please keep all stories ‘PG’ rated as children do read this blog regularly.  My Little Norway will delete any comment that is distasteful or disrespectful.  Please, no swearing – we know you can be more creative than that.
4. The judges decision is final.  Of course, the judging will be influenced by Mooses and L-Jay’s taste, but if you have been reading My Little Norway you will likely pick up on their sense of humour.  The quality of the story, not the writing such as grammar or spelling, will be judged – but keep in mind that the storytelling (the way the story is told) is what can make or break a story.
5. Reader voting – readers vote on the article My Little Norway’s Bunad Give-away via the comment field section under the article.  Readers can only vote once.  It is hard to stop double voting but My Little Norway will do its best to ignore double votes from people.  Spammers will not be published.
6. The prize includes the Children’s Bunad and postage and handling.  Once posted, delivery is out of My Little Norway’s hands.  The Bunad will not be replaced if damaged or lost.  Delivery will hopefully reach the winner by May 17 – Norway’s National Day, but there are no guarantees.
7.  When the winner is published on Thursday 29th April, My Little Norway will contact them via email for a postal address.  A quick response will ensure the Children’s Bunad will be posted on that day.