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Celebrating May 5

May 5, 2014

candel light at May 4 Denmark

The liberation of Denmark 5th of May 1945 was announced the evening before, at May 4th. During the war, people had been forced by the Germans to darken all windows in the evening, in attempt to make orientation difficult for the allied. The cities were completely dark all night. As soon as the message of liberty had reached Denmark, people threw their black curtains away, and put lit candles in the window instead. Light, light, light, everywhere.

This has been a tradition ever since, to put lit candles in the window at May 4th, to celebrate liberty.

The 5th of May are celebrated all over the country, to honour the fallen soldiers and freedom fighters.



Historical Photo

More historical Photos and papers


Blogpost about this subject written by a foreigner in Denmark, Hristos Fleturis.

Danmarks befrielse website




4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2014 2:25 pm

    I did not know about this tradition, Birgitte. What a lovely idea.

  2. Sumire permalink
    May 6, 2014 1:20 am

    What a touchy story!
    In Japan, 5 May is the national holiday; “Day for children”. The carp-shaped streamers swim in the air and we eat steamed rice cake wrapped in bamboo leaves (CHIMAKI), rice cake stuffed with sweet red been paste then wrapped in an oak leaf (KASHIWA-MOCHI). It used to be the day for boys, but now a day for both boys and girls.

  3. May 6, 2014 11:28 am

    I didn’t know that. In Japan, May 5 is for children. It’s public holiday.

  4. May 29, 2014 12:22 am

    As a child when it was mother’s or father’s day, I wondered why there wasn’t a children’s day, but there was… in Japan…

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