Thursday, April 15, 2010

Runde fødselsdage.... "Round birthdays"

Den 13. marts 2010 lærte jeg noget nyt om Danmark....
Noget som hedder "Den runde fødselsdag". Jeg fik så mange flotte gaver fra mine kollegaer og kunne ikke forstå hvorfor?! Ja, selvfølgelig er de meget venlige men hvorfor har de gavet så mange ting til mig for min fødselsdag? Så jeg spurgte min danske veninder som fortalte mig om DEN RUNDE FØDSELSDAG!

On March 13, 2010 I learned something new about Denmark....
Something called "the round birthday". I received so many incredible gifts from my colleagues and could not understand why?! Yes, of course, they are wonderful people, but why did they give me such nice gifts on my birthday? So I asked a Danish friend and she educated me all about the ROUND BIRTHDAYS!

Selvfølgelig har vi "runde" fødselsdage i USA men de er ikke så stor som de er i Danmark... Når man bliver 30, 40, 50 eller 60 i USA, bliver man fejret men i Danmark er de runde fødselsdage er en STOR BEGIVENHED! Vores skole (ligesom de fleste firma i Danmark) har en speciel fond som alle medarbejder betaler penge indtil så personaleforegning kan bruge pengen for at købe gaver til mennesker som har runde fødselsdage.

Of course we have "round" birthdays in the US, but they are not nearly as big as they are in Denmark....When you turn 30, 40, 50, or 60 in the US, you are celebrated, but in Denmark the round birthdays are really BIG EVENTS! Our school (like most offices in Denmark) have a special fund that all the employees pay a little money into so that our "social committee" can use the money to buy gifts for the folks that have a round birthday!

I morgen har vi anden rund fødselsdag i Danmark.... Dronning Margrethe bliver 70 år! Så du kan forestille hvor stor begivenhed skal komme til København! Tillykke med fødselsdagen Dronning Margrethe!

Tomorrow we have another round birthday in Denmark..... Queen Margaret is turning 70! So I am sure you can imagine the celebration that will be held in Copenhagen! Happy Birthday Queen Margaret!

Mads og jeg fejrer vores runde fødselsdage på vores "Road Trip 99" til vestlig USA.... jeg undrer mig hvad Dronningen vil gøre for at fejre 70! (foruden festen Danmark holder til hende! Måske hun skulle tage en "Road Trip" på landevej!)

Mads and I are celebrating our round birthdays with "Road Trip 99" when we head to the west coast of the US.... now I am wondering what the Queen will do to celebrate turning 70 (besides the big party that all of Denmark is having for her! Maybe she will take a Road Trip somewhere?!)

2 comments:

Amy said...

Yet another difference between USA and Scandinavia....here the round birthdays are huge also. You're expected to do something big...my 30th though slipped by pretty much unnoticed...I've told Stig for my 40th, we need to go somewhere...and I've been thinking about a party but....ugh....I'd rather go somewhere and relax...hahaha...
Hipp Hurra til Dronning Margaret!

LadyFi said...

It's amazing, isn't it? The round birthdays are very BIG over here too.

Your round trip sounds a good way to celebrate a round birthday!