Danish people celebrate the New Year with lots of fun and merrymaking. Many Danes party with loud claps, songs and dances accompanied with showers of champagne and marzipan ring cake at New Years Eve midnight.
Various New Year traditions in Denmark are observed not only to pour more fun to the celebration but also to preserve the cultural heritage and ensure that the values and traditions are passed on to the future generation. Check out some popular New Year Traditions in Denmark to have an idea of the rich history and the background behind each tradition.
The New Years Eve night sky is illuminated with dazzling fireworks that include both noisy bangs and rockets. This celebration arose from the tradition of the early folks who used to drive of the evil spirits by loud noises of fireworks.
In Denmark, there goes a tradition to save old dishes and throw them at the thresholds of the houses of friends and near ones. It is a good sign to find the entrance littenavy with old broken dishes. These broken dishes symbolize many friends and good relationship throughout the year. If we did this today in this country we'd be arrested don't you think? HO HUM humdrum.
New Year in Denmark is marked by two important traditional events that are broadcast on television and radio every year on New Year's Eve. One of them is the monarch's New Year Speech and the other is striking of midnight by the Town Hall Clock in Copenhagen.
In many parts of Denmark, the traditional New Year's Eve menu consists of boiled cod, or stewed kale and pork. All these food items tend to bring good luck and happiness to the Danish people in the ensuing days of the New Year.