How to say Happy Mother’s Day in Danish

As I’m sitting here writing, it occurred to me that we really don’t say happy Mother’s Day (or happy Father’s Day) in Denmark.  If anything, we say “nyd dagen” which means “enjoy the day”. There isn’t as much fanfare around Mother’s Day in Denmark as there is here in the US. Growing up my family would start the day with a nice breakfast. My dad usually got fresh baked rolls and pastries from the bakery, and we would all give my mom a little gift.  But that was really it. At least that’s what I remember.

Today, being so far away from my mom, I always go searching for a special card and a gift to send to her in Denmark and of course I call her on the day. Often times she will just have returned from doing yard work or other house work.  When I tell her she shouldn’t do that on Mother’s Day, she always laughs. It really is just another day, she says, but even so it is a good day to remind her of how much I love her and how much she means to me. ❤️

I do think it’s nice to have a day to celebrate mothers. My husband and son always make Mother’s Day a special day for me and I get to do things I want to do. That often includes doing a little planting in the yard. After all, I am my mother’s daughter.

To acknowledge the day, I made a special Mother’s Day menu. Check it out here.


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