Danish Immigration to Texas
Most of the Danish immigrants left their home country, Denmark, for two major reasons. The first reason that the Danes left Denmark was because they wanted be free of the economic hardships that was in Denmark at that time. The second major reason that the Danes left Denmark was because it was too overpopulated in Denmark. You had to be a Christian.
There are several traditions that Danes follow. When it's a couple's 12th and a half annivesary, it is celebrated with a big breakfast, and half a triumphal arch of spruce with lights and flowers are made by the neighbors, friends, family members, and/or relatives. When it's a couple's 25th annivesary, it is celebrated with a big breakfast, and a triumphal arch of spruce with lights and flowers are made by the neighbors, friends, family members, and/or relatives. The Danes have special names for almost each year after marriage up to 75 years after marraiage. They also baptize children before they are 1 year old. They Danes are all confirmed or go through the process of confirmation which is a big day for Christian boys or girls which occurs when they are 13, 14, or 15 years old. The big day is either in the spring or fall season. After the ceremony, there is a party thrown by other people for the child who has been confirmed on that same day of the ceremony. The party has Danish music and songs, Danish food, Danish drinks, and the people at the party wear Danish clothing. Another Danish tradition is lighting candles in honor of those who died in WWII, and putting the candles on the windowsills of all the windows. This tradition occurs on May 5th which was when Denmark gained its independence. The last Danish tradition is celebrating Quinquagesima Sunday. It is celebrated 7 weeks before Easter. Children wake up early morning, and they are given Shrovetide twigs (twigs filled with candy). There is a party with Danish music, Danish food, Danish games, and people wear formal Danish attire. There is one game which stands out in the party. The game is "Knock the Cat of the Barrel". The barrel is filled with candy. The child who hits and breaks the bottom part of the barrel becomes "Cat King", and the child who hits and breaks the last board of the barrel becomes "Cat Queen".
New Year's Day- January 1st
Twelfth Night- January 6th
Quinquagesima Sunday (7 weeks before Easter)- February
Palm Sunday- March or April
Maunday Thursday- March or April
Good Friday- March or April
Easter Day- March or April
Easter Monday- March or April
Liberation (Freedom) of Denmark (End of WWII)- May 5th
General Prayer Day (4th Friday after Easter)- April or May
Ascencion Day- May
Whit Sunday- June
Constitution Day- June 5th
Midsummer Day- June 24th
Martinma's (St. Martin's) Eve- November 11th
Matinma's (St. Martin's) Day- November 12th
Christmas Eve- December 24th
Christmas- December 25th
Boxing Day- December 26th
The Danish food is based on Denmark's climate. Danes eat pork in the winter. Fish is very popular and easily accessible because there are bodies of water surronding Denmark. Tomatoes are used for a lot of meals. Potatoes is a staple food, and it is used in almost every meal. Potatoes are a essential ingredient to the Danish cuisine. Pastries are served with almos every breakfast meal. There a lot of drinks that the Danes drink. In winter, the Danes drink coffee and hot chocolate. Saftevand is a drink made from syrup and water that kids love. Hyldeblomstsaft which is a drink made from elderflowers. Danes drink beer at night after the sun sets. Beer is also the national drink of Denmark. Akvavit, a strong alcholic drink, is another drink that the Danes drink. The last drink that Danes drink is "cherry herring" whch is the same thing as cherry liquor.
Charles Zanco (1808-1836)
The Dansk Folkesamfund
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891-1958)
Hans Christian Oersted (1777-1851)
Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941)
Queen Margrethe II (1940-Present)
Dyrehavsbakken meanind "The Deer Park Hill" is the oldest amusement park still running, and it is 10 km to the noth of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen.
In Denmark there are 443 islands that are named, and 76 of them are inhabited.
There is not a single mountain in Denmark.
Denmark was the first country in Europe to ban slavery.
People in Denmark eat the most pasta than any other country in the world.
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