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Culture Class: Holidays in Denmark, Lesson 2 - New Year's Day
Hello and welcome to the Culture Class: Holidays in Denmark Series at DanishClass101.com.
In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Danish holidays and observances. I’m Michael, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 2, New Year's Day. In Danish, it’s called nytårsdag.
In Denmark, New Year's celebrations continue into the next day on January 1st. Unlike the day before, where the excitement builds up until midnight, on New Year's Day, the festivities start early.
In this lesson, you'll learn more about how the Danish celebrate New Year's Day.
Now, before we go into more detail, do you know the answer to this question:
How many New Year's speeches has Queen Margrethe the Second delivered as of December 31, 2018?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
The biggest events on New Year's Day are the "fireworks," or fyrværkeri, that light up the sky when the clock in City Hall Square in Copenhagen strikes midnight.
Everyone wishes each other a happy new year while sipping champagne and eating "marzipan ring cake", or kransekage.
When the bells in the City Hall Square have rung 12 times, the Danish National Girls' Choir sing, "Be welcome, Year of Our Lord" on TV. People often sing along from home as they watch. Afterward, another performer sings the "national anthem," or nationalsang. By this time though, most people go outside to watch the fireworks display.
The parties on this holiday will often continue until early morning. Most stores are usually closed, and only a few restaurants choose to remain open on January 1st. The ones that do remain open are typically fast food chains and barbecue places.
Because many partygoers may experience "hangovers", or tømmermænd, TV channels on January 1st usually keep things light and entertaining. Popular programming includes the New Year’s Concert and ski jump competitions — perfect for viewing from your couch or bed.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question:
How many New Year's speeches has Queen Margrethe the Second delivered as of December 31, 2018?
As of December 31, 2018 she has delivered 46 New Year's speeches.
How did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
How do you celebrate New Year’s Day in your country?
Leave us a comment telling us at DanishClass101.com!
And I’ll see you in the next lesson!

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