An overview of the traditional Christmas market in the MH-faculty building, which took place on the 17th November, Thursday.
Text: Alena Antipina
The Polar Night is already knocking on our doors and with that we anticipate Christmas coming to Tromsø. However, it is not only the darkness that lets us think more about family, coziness and warming aura. Indeed, you say, don’t forget the exams’ time! Honestly, I never forget about it, and hope you remember too!
Despite rainy days and extremely uncomfortable change of temperature, I can feel how students are still full of energy! Surprising! But perhaps it coffee…Anyways, all the events connected to the most wanted celebration of the year attract lots of people in the city. One of these events is the annual Julemarked, which took place on the basis of UiT, diversifying th atmosphere of Tromsø.
Although I appreciate such events being organized, there is still a room for an opinion. I entered the faculty building hoping to see a holiday, or some kind of a fancy festival, or at least smiley preliminary celebration. How disappointed I was when there were no music on the background! By all means it is understandable: this is university, what music are you dare to talk about? But still, the Julemarked desperately lacked at least these overbroadcasted Christmas holiday songs.
The other thing which grabbed my interest was the amount and actual representation of the exhibitors’ stands. The thought that I have seen all those people somewhere wasn’t about to leave me. And exactly that moment I got that the same people sell the same hand-crafts at the different occasions but of the same city. It is nonetheless understandable, however, it was supposed to be a student market, where I barely saw someone younger than 40.
I would repeat myself, that it is always of the greatest importance to organize such events to the citizens of particular town, but as a foreigner I expected some difference with which you usually see on Christmas markets.
Speaking of the timeframe, I should note that it is kind of weird to settle the time of the Julemarked in the middle of the working and studying day. Despite this, I still saw dozens of people, mostly families and pairs, with funny sweet kids in the strollers. And accordingly to the emotions of the visitors which were passing by the stands buying fancy stuff, people of Tromsø valued the Julemarked quite useful and interesting.
To tell you the truth, I anticipated a bright pre-celebration of Christmas, with lots of competitions, students involved, entertaining music etc. In fact it was an ordinary selling exhibition, where were these Crazy Cat ladies from the Pet Shelter on Prestvannet – ignorant to any living being except cats, showing no kindness to potential customers or just curious ones of a kind. Well. Not that impressing.
By any means it was surprisingly good to see the security guy from Nokas, prowling around and observing everybody. I wonder if he watched over the safety on Julemarked itself or was just trying to find something attractive for himself. However from the organizers it was a good step to set the security guard on duty, because of the amount of people, who showed an interest to come.
In summary, I would evaluate Julemarked 2016 quite positively. For me as a responsible citizen and nosy foreigner it was enjoyable to discover how different people of distinct ages and occupations can express themselves through hobbies and what they love to do in life.
To my mind, the event lacked only one thing – me, singing in fancy glittering dress, about how it is important to be full of kindness in this wonderful time of Christmas.