NESU operates on both the Nordic level as well as on the local level. The most important task in the local level is to organize different kinds of events, the largest of them being sitsi-parties (also known as sitsfests or sitsi-parties).
The variety of sitsfest traditions stretches from Finland to Iceland and about the only thing they have in common, is that in all versions you sit at a table, drink schnapps and sing. Traditions change over time - and sometimes it takes only one occurrence to make something a tradition - but the point is to keep the idea behind everything in mind. The following is an explanation of the way sitsfests have been held at NESU at the beginning of the 21th century.
NESU-KY's KY 100 - anniversary sits (Feb 2011)
Starting the Sitsfest
The Three Basic Rules
2. When someone is performing remain quiet.
3. During the sitsfest only the waiters may move in the vicinity of the tables.
Rule breaking is heavily punished. Punishments have varied over the years from eating dog biscuits to standing on one’s head. The idea behind punishments has however remained the same, something humiliating and/or unpleasant.
Food and Drink
The legend of Samling is told by some participant at every Sitsi and the story varies each time. Still the true story of Samling remains a mystery and the debate of the correct way of telling it rears on.
Shouting onto the Table and Performing: