As we all know, Denmark is geographically situated across the northern region of Europe. This country celebrates New Year according to the dates on Georgian calendar and thus, January 1st is considered as the date of the New Year. Besides on New Year eve and New Year`s day, few previous days are also celebrated by the citizens of Denmark with lots of buzz and festivity.
In addition to the New Year parties that are organized in all the towns, Danish people do make sure that they celebrate any festive with lots of traditions and customs. And, due to this, any festive or celebration in Denmark is seen as an occasion to encourage their traditions, customs, and rich heritage and to pass them onto their coming generation.
Traditional New Year celebration in Denmark:
- Special New Year Menu –
- Denmark organizes various modern day parties on New Year Eve. This kind of parties usually starts in the evening of 31st December and lasts till the early morning of the New Year. A large number of people come in, and have lots of fun and blast! Special dishes are given and wide quality of champagne is served all night. And, when the clock rings 12 at midnight, a cake with marzipan ring is given to all those people who are present in the party. People dance, sing, shout loudly and clap to show their excitement for this occasion. All the traditional dishes like pork, boiled cod and stewed kale are served to the people in the party. To serve traditional dishes to the people is assumed to bring good luck, happiness and prosperity in the lives of people.
- Firework festival –
- To burst crackers is considered as the important part of New Year celebration in Denmark. And, when the clock rings at 12, a preplanned show of fireworks is carried out to brighten the sky and skyline of the town. The preplanned show of the fireworks is the most awaited show by young children and they all enjoyed it very much. It is carried out with a belief that bursting crackers drive away all the evil spins and negative energies.
- Food saving and throwing –
- There is another tradition followed by the people of Denmark and i.e.; food saving and throwing. Because of this, people used to save some food for the whole year so that they can throw it on their loved ones on the arrival of the New Year. If one broke too many dishes at their foyer, then it is believed that the one have too many friends and well wishers.
Besides all these customs and traditions, there are two major traditions that are the most awaited and followed by the majority of people in Denmark. Out of two, one is the New Year speech and other is the live advertisement of the town hall clock. Both of the shows are transmitted on the radio and television as well and heard by millions of people in Denmark.