The fifth of June is the Constitution Day in Denmark. It’s a bank holiday and traditionally we celebrate the day with politicians and cultural figures make a speech in parks, rectories or private gardens. Most people just stay at home, enjoying a day off (I haven’t been to a constitution day speech for 15 years). A pity, because it gives us an opportunity to meet our fellow citizens and discuss culture and politics eye to eye with important opinion leaders and decision makers.
So, today I went – and bribed the kids to go too (I promised them a large ice cream after). The boys are big enough to sit still and keep quiet for 45 minutes.
Our vicar had invited a well known Danish author Jens Christian Groendahl to give a speech on democracy and (gender, sexual, racial, religious) equality in Denmark, Europe and the rest of the world.
The weather was absolutely perfect and we sat down on the lawn and enjoyed everything, a song, the fabulous speech and another song under the big beech trees.
The participants were mostly in the “grey segment”, there were four children – where three were mine. Somehow it’s a pity that not more take their kids to celebrate our freedom and the rights we have through our constitution.
They boys said it was boring, but later at the ice cream parlour, discussing the speech and what our constitution is, I could hear they had been listening. Great!
I have now decided that we will make it a new tradition in our family.