Welcome to the Danish Social Club of Victoria

Dear Members and Friends of the Danish Social Club of Victoria:

It is now into the second year of the covid pandemic and I am sure we all wish some normalcy in our lives. The directors of your club hope that you are all faring well. Normally we would have had our annual general meeting this month to lay out plans for the coming year. Unfortunately everything is still unknown and we cannot plan ahead. This past year we missed a couple of Kro Aften, a couple of men’s dinners and, everyone’s favourite, den store kolde julebord (Christmas dinner). Rosemary and I have also missed having our annual back garden barbecue.

No matter how difficult it may be we must remember to follow all the covid protocols. Stay in your own bubble and don’t travel out of your Health Region (Capital Regional District). Also, practice safe social interaction by using your electronic devices to communicate with friends, wear your face mask to make sure you practice proper respiratory hygiene, wash/sanitize your hands and refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you feel unwell, stay home. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing call your health provider or 811 for direction.

You can keep current with the latest covid regulations by googling BC Covid-19 and there are also federal and provincial updates daily on CFAX 1070 and your local TV channel. If we follow these protocols and get our vaccines when able, maybe we will be able to have a little more physical interaction with one another this summer. We can only hope.

Wondering what to do with your time? Perhaps consider writing your memoirs. Everyone has a  story. What is your story? You don’t have to be a professional writer or an academician to tell about how you and/or your family came to Canada. Your family and friends will be interested in what you have to say and family members will cherish your efforts which can be passed to the younger generation.

Tired of cleaning out cupboards and drawers that are already clean and tidy? Maybe it is time to consider doing a little gardening. If you don’t have a yard to work in, maybe you can start some herbs or salad plants indoors on your window sill or on your deck. Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. The days are getting longer.

When we get the “all clear” to have an event, what would you enjoy the most? Once we are in a place to start up club activities, we will move swiftly to organize a celebration with hygge and some special food from Annemari and the ladies. It is unfortunate that we can’t do “take-out” right now.

Remember now, the only way to move ahead is to follow all the directions we are given by our health experts. Perhaps then we can get to where Australia is today with 78,000 people at an arena for a game! Is this too large a crowd for you?!! Do you like the idea of being able to mingle freely but not keen on being in such a large crowd? Yes, let’s aim for a smaller gathering at Norway House in the near future. Keep positive, thinking of all the good things that life has brought us and will bring us!

Wishing you all the best, 

Venlig hilsen Hans
On behalf of the Board of Directors 

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Fastelavn 2020

In Denmark, there is a tradition called Fastelavn. Fastelavn is celebrated seven weeks before Easter Day. Therefore, Fastelavn this year fell on Sunday February 23. But what is Fastelavn?

Fastelavn is a carnival of sort, where kids dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. It is celebrated in daycare institutions, schools etc. While Fastelavn is mostly for children, as few adults dress up, you can experience that the students at the university also will celebrate Fastelavn by having Fastelavn Parties. 

Some say that Fastelavn is the Danish equivalent of Halloween, but while there are similarities, like kids dressing up in costumes, there are also many differences between the Danish Fastelavn and Halloween. 

Fastelavn is an old tradition and has deep cultural roots. It is based on the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating the days before Lent. At Fastelavn, kids “knock the cat out of the barrel” with a bat. Or in Danish, “Slå katten af tønden”. In the old times, a black cat was literally put in a barrel as a symbol of evil and beaten to death. This was done to ward off evil.

Nowadays, however, the barrel is filled with candy. When the kids knock the barrel, they compete to become “Cat Queen”  and “Cat King”. “Cat Queen” is the one who knocks the bottom off the barrel so that the candy comes flushing out, while the person who becomes “Cat King” is the one who knocks the last remaining board off the barrel. 

Another tradition related to Fastelavn is eating Fastelavnsboller. These are sweet buns that are typically filled with cream or jam. You can buy them almost everywhere in bakeries and grocery stores as Føtex. 

If you have children, be aware if the child’s school or day-care institution celebrates fastelavn, so that you can dress up your child. You can make your child’s costume yourself or buy one in a toy store, as these usuallly have a vide sortiment of costumes. 

If you are interested in learning more about Fastelavn, its origin and its traditions, you can read more here

Many thanks go out this year to Jens Lorentzen for a spectacular Barrel beautifully printed with cats, well put together and created a bit of extra help from the bigger boys and girls. It was filled with a delicious candy donation from Bent and Shirley Andersen. The traditional Fastelavn Ris produced by the talented hands of Birgit, Karen and Jette. A potpourri of Chefs, Annemari, Gloria, and Ernst provided a fabulous feast of Chili and the hot dogs were carefully cooked by Chef Finn. 

Royals Hockey Night

The club had 30 plus members attend a Victoria Royals hockey game on Friday February 21 where we raised the Danish flag Dannebrog (thanks to Ben and Shirley Andersen for arranging.) Before the game we met with Phillip Schultz, the captain who hails from Denmark. He scored a goal for us. The next day Phillip’s parents, his sister and brother and his girlfriend attended our Fastelavn event.