I love the Danish springtime, but for reasons other than just the sunshine, warmer temps and flowers. I LOVE that we have 4 extra holidays, all which associated with the Easter Season.
- The week before Easter everyone has a holiday on Thursday, Friday as well as the Monday after.
- On the 4th Friday after Easter everyone has a holiday called "Store Bededag" (Big Prayer Day).
- 40 days after Easter everyone has a holiday called "Kristihimmelfartsdag" ("Jesus, hurry up to heaven" day). It always falls on a Thursday, and most offices are also closed the Friday after. (In fact that is why we are off work today!)
- Anden Pinsedag (2nd ascension day) comes on the 7th Monday after Easter, which again, is a holiday! So you can see that besides Easter break, we have 3 long weekends before summer ever gets here!
DISLIKE: (Not really true dislike, but something closer to GUILT)
It kind of bothers me that all of these AWESOME holidays are associated with a religious belief/ceremony because honestly Denmark is a very non-religious country (as a general rule). It seems a bit odd to me that we have 4 big holidays all in the celebration of something connected to Jesus Christ, yet most of us in DK only go to church once a year (unless there is a confirmation or a baptism in the family). So maybe dislike is the wrong word... it is more like an "uncomfortable" feeling that we benefit from something that we don't really "work toward" ....if that makes sense?? And I am sure I am the only oddball that feels a bit bothered by this.
Note: I did accept my holiday today in honor of Kristihimmelfartsdag; I did not feel so guilty that I declined the chance to stay home and relax!