Religion&Society

Every 4th Friday after Easter, the Danes celebrate an annual holiday called the Store Bededag. This translates to Great Prayer Day or General Prayer Day. It is actually a consolidation of several minor Christian holidays.

King Christian V is credited for introducing this celebration in the Church of Denmark in 1686. The combined celebration of several Roman Catholic holidays honoring several saints was deemed more practical and efficient rather than celebrating them individually. Store Bededag is announced on the holiday's eve with ringing of church bells across the country.


The Jelling Stones of Denmark

In front of the Jelling Church in Denmark stands two stones that easily become special points of interest especially for first time visitors. These two stones are actually 10th century royal gravestones having runic inscriptions. Collectively known as the Jelling Stones, they , together with the Church have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1994.

 


Happy Påske!

 

Happy Påske! The merry Easter holiday is almost upon us, as the fifth week in March is about to turn a corner. Easter is one of the biggest and most important religious holidays in Denmark, and it is easy to see just how important it is to Danish merrymakers. Shops and homes are decorated with brightly-colored eggs and vibrant daffodills, and there kitchens are abuzz with preparations for each family's Easter feast.

 


Vinayagar Temple

Vinayagar is a Hindu Temple located in Herninig, Denmark that offers a variety of services for those of the Hindu faith.  Pooja is offered on a daily basis and on special days and days with Pooja in the morning Abishekam is also offered. 


Denmark is a melting pot of various cultures not only from the West but even from Asia. Some of you may be surprised to know that a Thai community exists in the country. An estimated 7,700 Thais are currently living in Denmark and about 95 percent of them are Buddhists. Approximately 80 percent of the total Buddhists in the country are immigrants from Asia including their families.

The good news is that these people from Thailand love living in this Nordic country. They have blended quite well in their community.

Culture of Denmark

The Culture of Denmark has some general characteristics often associated with Danish society and everyday culture. Modesty, punctuality but above all equality are important aspects of the Danish way of life. Indeed, deliberate attempts to distinguish oneself from others may be viewed with hostility in line with Jante's Law a widely respected unofficial code of Scandinavian conduct.

Christmas in Denmark

On Christmas in Denmark mischievous elves called Julenisse can have their fun. These elves are said to live in the lofts of old farmhouses and enjoy playing jokes. The Julenisse wear woolen clothes, red bonnets, red stockings and white clogs. Families leave them a bowl of rice pudding or porridge on Christmas Eve to keep their jokes within limits.