Queen Sonja of Norway lights the first candle in the Advent wreath at the Royal Palace on Sunday, 29 November 2020.

Video: YouTube/The Royal Court of Norway/Simen Løvberg Sund

English Translation:

As we begin what will be a different way to celebrate of Advent this year, I believe it is important for us to share light and hope with each other.

Today, we light the first candle in the Advent wreath here at the Palace.

It is my hope that these special weeks leading up to Christmas will fill us all with joy and good cheer.

Advent in Norway

Like Sweden, Norway also observes the first Sunday with lighting the Advent candles, with rest lit every week until Christmas.

According to Norway Today, Norwegians place bright Christmas stars in their windows during the Festive Season.

Like Australia, children have their own Advent Calendars, which run from 1 to 24 December, with each one revealing a small surprise – usually chocolate or a tiny toy- leading up to Christmas.

The Advent Calendar started during the early 20th Century in Germany – a tradition which has spread overseas.

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