|Known as the ‘land of Vikings’, the country of Denmark has witnessed great historical invasions, which has in fact dramatically changed the cultural aspect of the nation from time to time. Valentine’s Day in Denmark, is celebrated in a conventional way continued through many years. Danish Valentine’s Day tradition bears great significance as unlike other countries, Danish Valentine card is known as a "lover's card”. Historically these cards came in the form of transparent cards which, when held up to the light, depicted the picture of a lover presenting his beloved a wonderful gift.
One of the popular Valentine’s Day customs in Denmark is sending of white flowers called ‘Snowdrops’ to their friends and lovers. Also on this day, young couples write swap poems, beautiful romantic love notes and also funny poems known as ‘gaekkebrev’.
The sender of ‘gaekkebrev’ is also said to pen down a rhyme for his beloved, though he doesn’t assign his name instead, he signs the message with dots for the lady, she who receives the card is supposed to guess the name of the sender. If she rightly anticipates the name, she is later rewarded with an ‘Easter egg’ on that very year.
Various Valentine’s Day events are held in Denmark like live musical concerts, art exhibitions and flower displays are put on to celebrate the occasion. Different gifts such as rose bouquets, chocolates and traditional handmade gift baskets containing assorted wines, cakes, fruits and delicious gourmet foods are sent across to friends and loved ones. Different Valentine’s Day festivities in Denmark include visiting the Little Mermaid; Den lille Havfrue in Copenhagen and the famous Tivoli amusement park also in the capital city. So, with such great amusing activities, Valentine’s Day in Denmark is a great event.
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