A New Year’s Tradition in Denmark

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve in Denmark. OK, I know it is New Year’s Eve other places too, but I can only tell about my small corner of the world.

My son (aged 14) has been waiting for this moment, since last year at the same time. For him, it means Fireworks, and only Fireworks. He’s saved up his money, and has carefully chosen just what he wanted to buy (only changing his mind in the process at least 3 times, over the past 3 days).

Here is his choice:

fyrværkeri bilka

Source: Bilka avis

I softened up and paid for ½ of the price, which he didn’t object to at all.

My wife has broken the bank, and purchased at least twice the amount of necessary foodstuffs and party favors. Just like any other sensible Dane would do! We’ll start with the Queen’s speech at 6 pm (18 Hours) and will be a total of 2 adults and 4 young people. My daughter is considered an adult with her 18 years, but her parents might just dispute that fact in this instance.

The young boys – 3 of them will probably be lighting a number of these fireworks :


Source: THansen

Heksehyl – or Witch’s Cry/Scream are small fireworks which when lit, scream for a few seconds! Exciting Stuff!

We have a dinner planned with “Tapas”, without calling them as such, or the young people will probably refuse to eat them.

The intensity of fireworking increases until Midnight. That causes the boys to run outside and exclamations of  ooohs, and aaahs, permeate their yells until the next firework display begins. The TV will run faithfully in the background, with programs usually highlighting the Year Past.

Here is the TV guide for tomorrow night:

tv new years eve

Source: DR TV, Denmark

At 23:40 the program, 90års fødselsdag will be shown, which is a tradition in itself. Original Title: Dinner for one, with Freddie Frinton and Mary Warden – available for viewing on YouTube.

At 23:55, or 5 minutes to Midnight, the TV screen will be changed to view the Town Hall Clock in Copenhagen. The last few minutes will mark the countdown to the New Year. After Midnight, there will be a Church Service shown, or concerts from other Countries.

The boys will be running outside, with safety goggles on, filled with excitement. In a city of 160,000 there will be more than enough to see, with countless airborne displays of fireworks at their best. After ½ hour has gone by, the most of the fireworks will be history, but the images, sights and sounds will still be in our minds.

Inside the house awaits various drinks, as well as kransekage (Marzipan Ring Cake), which is a traditional cake usually served on New Year’s Eve. kransekageure

That was my resume of New Year’s Eve in Denmark. I’ve experienced it many times before, but can be heartily recommended if you happen to be in Denmark at this time of year.

Godt Nytår fra Danmark!




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