Denmark, October 2016
I know, I know. Denmark again!
Well this time this blog is about Birthdays. Birthdays in Denmark, that is.
It all starts with the weather. Easy huh? If the weather is nice, then it means that you have been a good boy/girl during the last year. Hmm. Late October. OK. It is a bit cloudy today, but it is not raining. I remarked to my wife, what a good boy, I’ve been this year! Yes, it nice now, but just after Midnight, it poured Cats and Dogs outside!
I was asleep, and I slept like a rock. Lucky for me.
The next thing has to do with the celebration. Most people will invite their friends/relatives to their party, where the birthday person pays. Not a bad deal, if you are a guest, huh?
If I had been at work, I would be expected, as per custom, to either bring breakfast rolls, butter and other toppings, or a cake. Again it is the Birthday person, who is paying here and loving it, let me tell you!
When it is your Birthday in Denmark, there are flags everywhere. Usually Danish Flags, but there might be a foreign flag or two, depending on the patchwork-ness of the family. Flags will also be lining the walkway up to your house/flat, and will adorn the table when the feasting occurs.
You might get a telephone call or two, like I just did from my Mother in-law. I didn’t promise her anything more than possibly fetching her for the Birthday Celebration on Saturday, only having to make a round trip of 104km. Just a walk in the park.
When all the dust has settled, and the birthday candles have burned down into the cake, it’ll be time for rest and relaxation. If this year is anything like the other years, then I’ll probably be allowed to clean the kitchen, and empty the dishwasher, at least I’ll insist on it, with today being my special day!
For those unlucky people who are experiencing bad weather on their Birthday, then some might go as far as looking up their time of birth on their birth certificate, or thinking, like me, that I was born in another time zone, 9 hours back in time in California. The weather is almost always nice in Los Angeles, which might have been a good excuse to use, if it hadn’t been nice in advance?
Oh, just one more thing, before I go. All of the buses in Denmark are adorned with Danish Flags today. It was nice of all of the bus companies in this Country to honor one of their Non-Native Sons!
OK. For the rest of you non-Danish speakers, then here is the translation:
“Why do the buses have Flags today? Today the 24th of October is United Nations Day!”
I’ll graciously share the honor this year……………………………