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Lucia Fest

The Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America hosted their annual Christmas and Lucia Fest on December 6, 2015. Highlights included the songs by the Vasa Voices Choir and the Lucia procession and songs by the children.

Santa Lucia procession

Lucia Procession

Santa Lucia Procession and Songs

Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America

The Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America performed at the 2015 Christmas and Lucia Fest in Highland Heights (Cleveland) Ohio.

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir

Oktoberfest in Scandinavia

The Octoberfest events in Scandinavia are very popular, and not only among local beer lovers! A Scandinavian Octoberfest is a great celebration when the warm weather diminishes in fall. Despite the name "Oktoberfest", most Oktoberfest events start in September.

Oktoberfest in Scandinavia


Easter in Scandinavia

Quite a peculiar national tradition in Norway is solving crimes during Easter. Publishers churn out series of books known as "Easter Thrillers" or "Påskekrimmen". Even the milk cartons change during the Easter season to have murder stories on their sides!

"Pääsiäinen" in Finland is celebrated with Easter egg hunts for the children. The hard boiled, chocolate, or candy eggs are hidden in the house or garden. Children also walk between houses, handing out twigs or decorations in exchange for a few coins.

In Denmark, there is a unique "Påske" tradition of sending teaser letters with little poems anonymously on Valentine's Day. If the recipient guesses who sent the poem, he or she receives the reward of an Easter egg.

In Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves, and painted red cheeks. They go to neighboring houses presenting drawings in hopes of getting sweets in return. Folklore says the witches fly to "Blåkulla" (Blue Mountain) to meet the devil.

Another "Påsk" tradition is to place feathers on small branches of willow or birch in a vase.

By Karen Chilcote


2012 Leif Ericson Day celebration in Cleveland

Bengt Gerborg with Viking Hat in front of bust of Leif Ericson

Bengt Gerborg with Leif Ericson bust

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Organizations and Resources for Danes in Cleveland

J.Christian Langmack, Honorary Consul
Royal Danish Consulate

Judy Stoiner, Assistant
13400 Glenside Road,
Cleveland, OH 44110

Phone: 216-541-0500
Fax: 216-541-5005

Danish Embassy in Washington

3200 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C, 20008-3683

Tel: (202) 234-4300
Fax: (202) 328-1470

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Danish History and Culture

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Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973.

However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

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