Sámi National Day
The 6th of February is the Sámi National Day which is celebrated in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, the four countries where the indigenous Sámi people live today. The Sámi National Day has been celebrated since 1993. The date, February 6, was chosen to commemorate the first Sámi congress which was held in Trondheim, Norway in 1917.
Today the Sámi National Day is celebrated by raising the Sámi flag with its bright colors of red, green, yellow and blue and the two circles which represent the sun and moon. In some countries the national flag of the country is raised alongside the Sámi flag. While the flags are raised the song of the Sámi people is sung in the regional Sámi dialect.
In Guovdageaidnu and Sámi University of Applied Sciences the celebrations 6.2.2018 will be like this:
- 10:00 Raise the Sámi flag. Singing "Sámi soga lávlaga", the song of the Sámi people, first and last verses.
- Listen to it here.
11:00 Family service at the Guovdageaidnu church
12:00 Café opens at Báktehárji hall, with following celebration programme (separatly)
At Diehtosiidda in the audatorium Sáhkaskáidi, the following films will be shown:
- 18:00 Sáme jakki (1957 The Laplanders/Last of the Nomads)
- 19:00 Laila (1929) 2 hours. Norwegian silent film
Welcome and have a happy celebration!