So the other day I told you about the Invasion of the kids with caps... Once they get the cap placed on their head, it doesn't stop there. It's time to celebrate. Big time. It goes like this. Each High School class gets on to a truck. Which they have decorated with flowers, banners, Danish flags, etc,… Continue reading The kids with caps…time to make some noise!
First there was just one or two. You didn't notice them really. Just random dots on the landscape. Then they started popping up in the train and bus. They began to multiply. Huddled together in groups on street corners. In school halls, department stores and on the street. And - selvfølgelig - all over my… Continue reading Invasion of the kids with caps…
I spotted witches in the supermarket today...which is a sure sign that we are counting down to Sankt Hans Aften! ;-)What is it? A huge event on the Danish social calendar – the night where you go out and celebrate St John's Eve, probably better known as...midsummer! It falls on 23 June – which this… Continue reading Witches and Midsummer on Thursday!
If you're out and about in Denmark today, you'll notice that the buses, official buildings and private individuals are flying the Danish flag today: Dannebrog (incidentally, the oldest national flag in the world).As regular readers will know, the thing I love about living among those crazy Danes is all the different traditions. Denmark is, on the… Continue reading Star Wars and Danish Liberation Day
Hot on the heels of Big Prayer Day, I bring you yet another public service announcement...This Thursday, 5 May 2016, we have yet another religious holiday where Denmark will basically be closed for business. What's the occasion this time? Kristi Himmelfart. Literally, Christ's Sky Flight. Or Ascension, as is the more boring name in English. Oh, yes,… Continue reading Attention! It's Ascension!
With Easter behind us, we are counting down to the strangest day on the Danish religious calendar. This Friday, 22 April, is Stor Bededag. ’Big Prayer Day’! Those crazy Danes decided back in 1686 that there were just too many religious holidays during the year. So they lumped the minor ones together, four weeks after Easter and –… Continue reading Big Prayer Day? Time for big rolls!
If you live here in Denmark you’ll have noticed that the Danes are getting ready for Easter. They celebrate in big style, and the country will basically shut down tonight, Wednesday. Despite being very low-key about religion, most of Denmark will be closed Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. So although you… Continue reading Getting ready for Easter
Fastelavn has been and gone. The snow has been and gone (with the occasional flurry to keep us guessing). So what's next on the Danish calendar? Easter beer and eggs!The kids will be on Easter break from next Friday - woo hoo – no more pesky packed lunches until they restart on Tuesday 29 March :-)… Continue reading Easter is coming…send a secret letter!
On Tuesday I told you about Fastelavn (Danish Carnival), Fastelavnsboller (Danish Carnival buns) and how to bake your own. Today we have another carnival essential…the Fastelavnsris! (The history behind it is here.) Now you can – selvfølgelig – buy these readymade in Danish sweet shops and supermarkets. But they’re generally overpriced for what you actually… Continue reading Fastelavn is coming…time to branch out?
If you've walked past the window of a Danish baker's shop recently, then you'll already know that Fastelavn is fast approaching...Because the first fastelavnsboller made their appearance just as soon as Christmas was over and the New Year got underway! This year it will be celebrated on Sunday (7 February 2016).So what’s fastelavn? Danish carnival.… Continue reading Fastelavn (Danish Carnival) is fast approaching!
We're now recovered from Christmas (ho, ho, ho!) and I've just looked out my DDH's (Dear Danish Husband's) black tie outfit. And safety glasses. And several bags of explosives... Is my DDH the Danish equivalent of James Bond? 😎 Nope, it's because tonight we will be celebrating Nytår (New Year). Which, in Denmark, is serious business. While… Continue reading Nytårsaften – get ready to jump!
Welcome to the final instalment of My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar!24 DECEMBERThe Big Day is finally here! Let's start with our lunch, which was fairly light - sild (marinated herring) and æggesalat (egg mayo)... and varmt leverpostej med bacon og champignon (hot liver pâté with bacon and mushrooms). Washed down with julebryg! After lunch we went to… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 24 December (The Big Day)
Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!21 DECEMBEROkay, you've already seen that we have our mandelgave… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 21 December (Ris à l'amande)
Welcome back to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!18 DECEMBERIs there a Christmas decoration that hangs in… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 18 December (Counting stars)
Welcome back to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!17 DECEMBERI went a bit mad at the weekend… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 17 December (Konfekt – homemade