The potato holiday
In the fall the potatoes are harvested

The potato holiday

Potatoes constitute a vital part of Norwegian cuisine and culture. In fact, they’re so important that we can thank them for our fall holiday.
19.October 2019 Elianne Strøm Topstad

During fall, farmers harvest their crops, including tons and tons of potatoes. After WWII, most school children in Norway got a week off school to help the neighboring farm collecting potatoes from the fields. Some farmers didn’t even have tractors, so a horse would walk the fields dragging a potato collector device. Potatoes would spring up from the ground, and children would rush to pick them up.

After WWII, most school children in Norway got a week off school to help the neighboring farm collecting potatoes from the fields. 

The potato holiday slowly, but surely, changed name to the fall holiday (høstferien). Nowadays the potato fields are exchanged with vacation hotspots in Southern Europe or mountainous landscapes by the cabin. The autumn break is a great opportunity for many families to spend some time together. The fall holiday is usually between week 40-42, depending on where in the country you live.

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