Every year Valentine's Day is celebrated on 14th February with extreme joy and verve. People particularly in the age group of 16-30 more actively participate in the festival's celebrations. Thus, Valentine's Day celebrations are considered more youth-centered in Denmark. Its time for loving by giving and receiving love tokens. People generally take off from their busy schedule to celebrate the festival of love with their sweetheart.
Custom of White Flowers
People celebrate the custom of White Flower with immense love and care. As per the tradition, people send white flowers called 'snowdrops' to their friends and lovers.
Tradition of Gaekkebrev
While food and flowers are some of the more traditional means of recognizing Valentine’s Day in many countries, Denmark also claims a unique tradition of admirers sending gaekkebrev (loosely translated as “joke letters”) to their admired. Gaekkebrev, pictured above, are generally original poems or rhymes, written on paper and then carefully decorated by cutting designs in them with scissors. Spring flowers, known as snowdrops, are traditionally included with the notes.
What brings the “joke” to the gaekkebrev is the signature — or lack thereof — of the sender. Custom dictates that it is indicated in dots, one for each letter in the person’s name. If the recipient guesses the identity of the note-giver, they receive an Easter egg, mostly likely of the confectionary variety, on Easter Sunday. If not, one egg is owed to the sender (whose identity, we assume, is made clear).
According to one source, the gaekkebrev tradition dates back from the 18th century. The snowdrop flower itself also plays into the joke, being a portent of a not-quite-arrived Spring season. Interestingly, the familiar trappings of hearts and chocolate appeared in Denmark only in the 1990s, and are now commonplace, while gaekkebrev have become lesser-known.
Valentine's Day Celebrations in Denmark
Valentine's Day is celebrated with great parties and get togethers all over Denmark. Different flowers, gifts and cards are sent across the world to the near and dear ones. In Denmark, various Valentine events take place such as musical concerts, display shows, game shows and art exhibitions take place. People book party halls and restaurants for the celebration with their Valentine. Some people love to visit the Little Mermaid, Den Lille Havfure in Copenhagen and the famous Tivoli amusement park specially on Valentine's Day while some plan special Valentine at an appealing holiday spot.
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