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What is Denmark Best Known for?
Even though Denmark might not be as internationally iconic as its neighbor, Sweden, it still has plenty of iconic songs from legendary artists and singers. The Danish pop music scene exploded in the 1970s, with acts such as Gasolin', TV-2 and Anne Linner who remained Denmark's most famous artists or musicians. There are also a handful of Danish names who have made it to the international music scene. These include the favorite Danish musicians who bring pop and rock to international stages, such as Mø, Aqua, Lukas Graham, D-A-D, Volbeat and Michael Learns to Rock.
Denmark holds plenty of popular music festivals throughout the country every year. This includes the Roskilde Festival, which may have more than 130,000 attendees during pre-pandemic events where you can easily find buskers in Denmark along with street performers in Denmark. There are also several recurring music festivals of all genres, including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival, Skagen Festival and much more.
Culture and Traditions in Denmark
This small land is known for its cycling culture, pastries and world-class designs. Today, you'll find the Danish holidays, celebrations and customs are a blend of modern Christian customs and pagan Viking rituals.
New Year's Eve in Denmark is one of the unique ways to welcome the new year. The Danes usually stand on chairs just before midnight, not because they are drunk (though they might be) for an old tradition of jumping into the new year at the exact moment the New Year strikes at 12. It's a tradition that cannot be skipped, as not jumping into New Year's Eve is believed to bring bad luck for the entire new year. (though falling on your face as you try to jump off the chair is not exactly good luck).
On June 23rd, A Witch Burning tradition occurs during Saint John's Eve, where the Danes celebrate Midsummer by gathering around a bonfire in a specific location in the country. The people sing songs like Madsommervisen by Holger Drachmann and listen to the live band. Live bands usually played at public events while enjoying some snacks and drinks. It all sounds lovely, so when does the witch-burning ceremony take place? The witch is only a doll (they are not that crazy anymore) to symbolize the warding off of the witches during the Middle Ages. Yes, this is quite an absurd tradition that only makes sense to the Danes.
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