When: Sunday March 25, 14:00 (2 p.m)
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 270 Crichton Street, Ottawa
Join us Palm Sunday for a Danish Easter Service, conducted by Pastor Jørgen Flensted-Jensen of Grimsby, followed by a “coffee table” in the adjoining church hall where we socialize and enjoy lovely homemade goodies. Everyone is welcome. 613.725.3125.
Fastelavn is a very old traditional Danish celebration. In early days, Fastelavn was the beginning of a time of fasting to prepare oneself for Lent by eating very little. Fastelavn was also a time to have a lot of fun: playing games, dressing up and partying.
Most people no longer fast on Fastelavn. However, children still wear costumes and play the traditional Fastelavn games. One is “knocking the cat out of the barrel” game. In medieval times, this game was taken very seriously, and involved placing a live cat in a barrel. The barrel was then beaten with sticks until it broke and the cat escaped. The cat was chased out of the town, and it was believed that it would take the collective bad luck and evil spirits of the town with it.
Fortunately for cats everywhere the game is now symbolic and no longer involves any live animals. Instead we use a wooden barrel filled with candy and one old black cat (stuffed toy). The children take turns hitting it with a wooden bat until the barrel breaks whereupon there is a mad dash to pick up all the candy that spilled out (children only, please!).
The child that makes the barrel break and knocks the cat out of the barrel is crowned the “King of Cats” or “Queen of Cats” as the case may be. Since a king must have a queen (and vice versa), the next child of the opposite sex in the line up to beat the barrel when it came down, is named King or Queen (again as the case may be) and each is given a golden paper crown.
We will have prizes for the best child costume and one for the best adult costume. The entertainment (other than the barrel, the candy and the costumes) is a secret! There will be delicious food as always and we will finish off the day by handing out fastelavnsris (decorated branches).
Mark Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. on your calendar and join us at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall on Crichton Street.
Please note you have to register for this event no later than February 18. The registration form has already been sent to all members, but if you do need a form, call 613.725.3125.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Park
(Take Pinecrest North to the end)
What is Christmas “hygge” without all those special touches Danes love, cherish and enjoy sharing with others? Get a headstart on your holiday planning—stock up on your favourite Danish foods and unique decorations and gifts at the annual bazaar.
- Real Danish pastry, rye bread and other traditional baking
- A delicatessen with pate, herring, almond paste, chocolate, liquorice and much, much more….most of it imported just for the bazaar
- Christmas decorations brought in from Denmark or crafted by our accomplished members
- Calendar candles
- George Jensen table cloths
- A great selection of gift items
- Interesting and seasonal “Gently used” items at reasonable prices
- Beautiful embroideries
- Books (in both Danish and English) and magazines
No bazaar visit is complete without a visit to the restaurant to enjoy our delicious smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches). Savour them right there or take out for a great lunch at home.
Please be aware that payment is cash only! Free admission and free parking in the lot adjoining the Lakeside Centre.
See you there!
- Saturday, June 3, 2017
- 12:00 (noon) to mid/late afternoon
Once again, Diane has graciously offered her home for an informal gathering of members. Come enjoy the good company of your fellow members and savour a Danish lunch with open-face sandwiches, meatballs and red cabbage (frikadeller og rødkål), and other delectables. The cost is a modest $10 per person, to be paid there, but please make sure to register in advance. Check your Viking News for contact information.
- Saturday, April 22, 2017
- 18:00 (6 p.m. – midnight)
- Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Park
Pretty table decorations, lot’s of good food, including fabulous Danish desserts by members (thanks!), friendly conversations, laughter and dancing to our favourite DJ—it was another fun party for the more than one hundred people who attended. See you all again next year.
- Saturday, February 26, 2017
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- St. John Lutheran Church Hall
- 270 Crichton Street, Ottawa
A great time was had by everyone. Many thanks to the children who came dressed up in wonderful costumes, ready to play games and “beat the cat out of the barrel” (slå katten af tønden), to their parents and other adults who came to enjoy to children’s fun. And everyone enjoyed the yummy baked goodies.