Midnight is celebrated with Champagne, kransekage (an almond cake consisting of piled rings) and private displays of fireworks.

With few exceptions, all shops stay closed by law from 3pm on Nytårsaftensdag, the day of Nytårsaften.

It is also the date on which Danes celebrate that Sønderjylland in 1920 was reunited with the rest of Denmark after a referendum, thus held in high regard in that part of the country.

Next to Grundlovsdag, an equivalence to an actual national day, but is less widely known and celebrated today than before. The day is celebrated with a bonfire on the evening before (see Denmark section under Midsummer).11 November is a Catholic day.

Despite all the ups and downs of high school—grades, poorly highlighted hair, or the VS Pink sweatpants I blew my monthly allowance on—the one thing that remained constant throughout those years was my major crush on Overland Park’s basketball superstar, Brett Bond.

To him, I will never be more than the ‘excuse me’ he said as he grazed my shoulder on the staircase back in the day.

Some of these days derive from politics, and some from Roman Catholic traditions that predate the current national church.

Some are simply the Scandinavian tradition of starting the celebrations of a special day on the evening before the actual day. On the following day, Fastelavnsmandag, children go to school dressed up in costume and go door-to-door for candy and sweets.

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