Please note that the Club’s Fastelavn Celebration scheduled for Sunday, February 22, has been cancelled due to low registration. We look forward to hosting the event again next year!
It is that time again! Time to renew your Danish Club membership for another year!
We ask those renewing to send their membership to us before February 28, 2015.
New members are
We’ve attached the Membership Registration Form, please complete the form for yourself and your family and return to us along with a cheque payable to the “The Danish Club of Ottawa”.
As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on the help of volunteers. The main reason The Danish Club of Ottawa has continued for survived for over 38 years is because of all the wonderful volunteers that have been so generous with their time. If you are able to donate some time to help us at any of our events please complete the volunteer section of the membership registration form.
In addition, we also welcome your ideas for any new events, activities, etc. Please feel free to send us an email with your ideas and/or write your ideas on the back of the Membership Registration Form.
We appreciate your continued support and look forward to another year of activities and hyggelige times with the new and continuing members of The Danish Club of Ottawa.
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 22 at 2:00 p.m. on your calendar and join us at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall on Crichton Street.
To register for this event, please see the Registration Form and register BEFORE February 16th.