Big Prayer Time

It's a glorious sunny Wednesday here in Copenhagen and there are flags on all the buses again today.



Are we still celebrating the 70th birthday of the Danish Queen 'Daisy'? Nope. This week it's to mark the visit of the Russian President! :)

I'm running errands today to try and avoid the crowds tomorrow. The shops will be busy because of the public holiday on Friday. Which means the whole country shuts down and people go off to their 'summer houses' or get busy with garden tools and barbecues (if the Danish weather gods have mercy on us).

Which public holiday? Stor Bededag. Which translated means 'Big Prayer Day'. No, I'm not making it up. Those crazy (yet practical) Danes decided there were just too many religious holidays during the year so lumped them all together! In days gone by it was a time to fast and pray. These days it means that - the night before (Thursday) - you toast some hveder (very plain bread rolls), spread them with butter and wash them down with lashings of tea...

When you've had your fill of hveder (to tell you the truth, they're huge, fluffy and pretty tasteless) you can then stroll around the city ramparts at Kastellet. Immortalized by my sweetie friend Rasmus and his band, Magtens Korridorer, in their (hit!) song, "Picnic på Kastellet". Watch the vid here on youtube...enjoy! ;) 


Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
Pray for good weather! ;)

4 comments:

Sassy Jen said...

Thanks for the link to Magtens Korridorer. Actually, all the musical links you give! I love hearing about new(to me) bands. That's my pampering, loud music, believe it or not.

Praying for picnic weather!

♥ helen said...

Your teapot - I have the same in dinner plates and bowls. I think it is a beautiful service.

DIANE, DENMARK said...

Hi Jen, if you like loud music then you'll *love* Magtens Korridorer! ;) And thanks for praying - the weather has just turned blooming lovely!

DIANE, DENMARK said...

Hi Helen!

What a co-incidence!

DH and I used to work in Luxembourg where Villeroy & Boch is made :) We bought the teapot etc for his Mum (she died a few years back).

We actually have a whole dinner service from Villeroy & Boch, though in a different design called Madeleine (which I love, love, love). It was a wedding present from our friends and colleagues in Luxembourg :)