December 10th is Nobel Prize Day. The world will pause to celebrate great achievements in peace, physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and economics. The official ceremony takes place in Oslo with fantastic events and concerts leading up to the moment when awards are presented. According to the Nobel site, “His Majesty the King of Sweden, hands each Laureate a diploma, a medal and a document confirming the Nobel Prize amount.” (It is estimated that each winner will be receiving $1.2 million.)
Things to note about this year’s ceremony:
1. This is the first year ever the banquet will be “Ecolabelled.” Everything involved in preparing and presenting the meal has been environmentally certified.
2. The winner of the Nobel prize for Literature, Alice Munro, will not be in attendance because of poor health. Her daughter, Jenny Munro, will be at the ceremony in her place.
3. You can watch the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies LIVE on the web! Eat your breakfast while watching the ceremony happen in Oslo. The webcast will be live starting at 13:00 CET (that’s 7am in Philadelphia).
Read more about the life of Alfred Nobel and the history of the Nobel prize on the official Nobel prize site. The site is beautifully put together and very engaging for parents and kids. I am looking forward to celebrating this week with my son, who LOVES to ask “Why?” and “What’s next?” and “How come?” – with any luck he could be destined for Oslo some day!
How to Celebrate Nobel Prize Day
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