We interrupt – again, again, again – the series on Danish Wedding traditions to bring you another public service announcement!
This coming Saturday - 15 June – is Valdemarsdag. And what is that, I hear you ask? Well, on 15 June 1219 Valdemar the Second of Denmark was fighting a crusade in Estonia. His army were losing the battle and prayed for God's help. Lo and behold, a flag fell from the sky...a white cross on a read background. And they - selvfølgelig - went on to win the battle. And so goes the legend of Dannebrog - the Danish flag - the oldest national flag in the world.
Now, here comes the interesting part. Since 2000 Valdemarsdag has become the 'biggest party for old people' in Denmark- "Danmarks Største Ældrefest"! Thirty-two thousand of them! Yep, sprightly and not-so-sprightly oldies will be celebrating in old people's homes and daycentres all over Denmark - with speeches by majors, live music and dancing. But the most important part is the food and drink...
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To drink? Aalborg Snaps - akvavit. 1,200 bottles of the stuff. Delivered to them by Post Danmark - so watch out for your red postie on Saturday - he'll be carrying some Very Important Packages! ;)
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And to eat? New Danish potatoes. In 2000 a lady 'smuggled' some new Danish potatoes in her handbag to her husband who was in an OAP home. A rare treat! Since then Danmarks Kartoffelråd (Denmark's Potato Council) has sponsored new potatoes once a year for the OAPs. And so goes the legend of snaps and new potatoes on Valdemarsdag!
Skål! To the old and the young at heart!