5th June commemorates the anniversary of Frederick VII signing the Danish constitution in 1849, establishing Denmark as a constitutional monarchy; locally known as Grundlovsdag.
Whilst not a public holiday, Government offices, banks and schools are closed, as are most shops.
The day has added significance as women were given the vote on 5th June 1915, and the constitution of 1953 was also adopted on the same day!
If this wasn’t celebration enough, Father’s Day also falls on 5th June, a tradition adopted since 1935.
Public celebrations centre around raising the Danish flag, accompanied by group singing. Political rallies and speeches also play a prominent role.
Did you know?
- The flag of Denmark is the oldest in use today. Legend has it that the flag came into Danish possession during the Battle of Lyndanisse in 1219.
- The UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people on earth, 2 years in a row.
- Danish pastries are not really Danish! In Denmark, these world-famous sticky delights are called Vienna Bread (wienerbrød), as they were first made in Denmark in the 1840s by Austrian bakers.
- The Danish language has no word for "please" but they do have a word for that cosy feeling of togetherness, "Hygge".
- The world-famous LEGO® brick was invented by Danish Ole Kirk Christiansen in the town of Billund in 1949.
In the EP canteen we were hoping to celebrate with some Danish fayre including:
- Chicken mansaka, a traditional Danish casserole, with mixed salad
- Beef frikadeller, a savory meatball, with caramelised potatoes and red cabbage
- One-pot edamame beans and broccoli noodle green curry
But with the MCO continuing perhaps you can try them at home? Or maybe check out some other traditional Danish foods here.