Monday, June 27, 2011

#3 The Flag

LIKE:
I know I am in the minority when it comes to this, but I REALLY LIKE how often Danes use "Dannebrog" to celebrate something. I think it is an awesome concept that above and beyond being a symbol of national pride, it is a symbol of celebration. Whether it is a grocery store decked out in flags that is celebrating its 50th birthday.....or a group of gymnasium teachers celebrating their students' achievements..... a town celebrating all the confirmations that are being held on that day.....

a school honoring its graduates....or folks greeting their recently arrived visitors at the airport, you always know when you pass a Dannebrog, that SOMETHING or SOMEONE is being celebrated and it makes you feel great! 
And the coolest part of how much I like this tradition is that my American friends have even taken it up! My last birthday cake in the US had a Dannebrog on it, and the first time all of my friends got to meet Mads, we celebrated with Dannebrog Rice Krispie Treats! 

 

DISLIKE:
I honestly get a little put out when folks complain about how much it bugs them when they see the Dannebrog flying and about how much they hate to see it on every single birthday cake and at every single party.... In my opinion, if something stands for a CELEBRATION, it's got to be great! It's sort of like listening to some good music... you just cannot help but smile and feel GREAT when you see it! 

8 comments:

Megan said...

I think its a really cool concept personally :) sometimes us 'outsiders' notice things like this moreso than people who grew up around it. When my boyfriend was here last (in US) he commented on one notable thing for a Norwegian being in US was seeing the American flag EVERYWHERE. I really never noticed this- until he said it! I know I would totally pay attention if I saw Danish flag somewhere as a celebratory means :) I think its cool :)

PiNG aka Patti said...

To me, it's the equivalent of a balloon - it's not there to say "we are danish" it's more just to say "we're having a party"

Annuca said...

Hmm...I must admit that though I can totally get it when they celebrate their events using the Danish flag, I feel a bit strange when my birthday etc are celebrated with Danish flags as well. I guess I don't feel much of a connection to Denmark (I have never lived there though have visited quite a bit), so maybe I would rather there being my national flag for the celebration - then I can feel the celebratory tone!

ladyfi said...

They do that over here too!

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that the flag has a birthday, june 15th (only one day off from the american flagday on june 14th) so the flag gets a birthdayflag :-)
And shes holding up pretty good for a lady about to celebrate her 800th birthday (in 2019).

Garkbit said...

When our elder daughter has a birthday her cake has an equal share of Danish flags for her mother's side and Scottish flags for her father's side and -always- one lone Norwegian flag to remind her of the beautiful land of her birth. It looks very festive.

Anonymous said...

I think Texas is the same about our flag since we are our own country. Take a really good look when u come back and u will notice this. However we would never put it all over our cakes since we make awesome spectacular cakes that u can not find in DK. I would cover my Danish cake with the flag too since their cakes aren't very appealing to the eye and need a little pep! That is one thing the Danes can improve on is the cakes and abundance of cake makers and cupcakes.

Aubrey

Lindsay said...

I really like this too. I have spent days out in the city and seen flags in store windows and on the buses and always have to come home and ask Henry what Denmark is celebrating now. My first taste of it was when I moved here, and Henry's parents had Danish flags out on the dinner table to welcome us home. I thought it was so cute!