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Danish Sisterhood of America

    • October 31, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • November 01, 2020
    • (EDT)

    FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR AMERICANS TO STUDY IN SCANDINAVIA

    Deadline: November 1, 2020

    New York, NY—The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for Fellowships & Grants for Americans to Study in Scandinavia during the 2021-22 academic year.

    ASF offers both year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 month) grants of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably dissertation-related) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative arts projects in the Nordic region. Awards are made in all fields.

    For further information and to begin an online application, please click here!

    Deadline: November 1, 2020

    For email inquiries, please contact grants@amscan.org.

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes firsthand exchange of intellectual and creative influence between the United States and the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. A publicly supported American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, ASF has an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and cultural activities. Headquartered in New York City, ASF has members throughout the United States, and alumni and donors worldwide. For more information, visit amscan.org.

    • November 12, 2020
    • (CST)
    • April 08, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting

    TIVOLI LODGE #300 MONTHLY VIRTUAL GATHERING

    Join us for a monthly virtual komsammen (get together)! Our time together includes a program on Danish traditions or culture, time to get to know each other, and a brief business meeting. 

    This Danish Sisterhood Lodge differs from other lodges because we are a 100% virtual lodge! Our members join us from around the country and enjoy each other through the use of Zoom technology.  Contact Kim Brixey (913-645-7649 or brixey.ks@gmail.com) for Zoom call information.

    Themes and Events:
    November - Danish Christmas Traditions
    December - Danish Christmas Party 

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    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • November 18, 2020
    • (CST)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom) - Kenosha, WI

    DANISH SISTERHOOD LODGE #20 OF KENOSHA REGULAR MEETING

    Danish Sisterhood Lodge No. 20, Kenosha,WI is holding virtual meetings via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month.  

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Lodge # 20
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    For more information:

    Majbritt Stewart, Lodge President
    mandmstewart@mac.com | 847-812-1551 

    Anna Nielsen, Lodge Secretary
    annamnielsen88@gmail.com | 262-412-4482

    www.DanishSisterhood.com

    • November 21, 2020
    • (PST)
    • December 19, 2020
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Aldersly Danish Retirement Home - San Rafael, CA

    DANISH SISTERHOOD MARGRETHE LODGE #24 MEETING

    Danish Sisterhood Gatherings and Meetings are likely suspended for the month of April.  Please check with your local Lodge.

    Connect with your Danish heritage by joining the Danish Sisterhood. We are part of the Supreme Lodge of the Danish Sisterhood of America, an organization with lodges in many states and in Canada.

    Our lodge was established in San Francisco in March 1894. We were proud to celebrate our 125th Anniversary in 2019. We now have our monthly gatherings at the Danish Retirement Home, Aldersly, located in San Rafael. After our short meeting we always enjoy an authentic traditional Danish lunch. If you are looking for Danish hygge, great food and meeting new friends you found it. You don’t have to be Danish to join.  Please come visit us and feel free to bring a friend along. Cost for lunch is $25.00. Please be sure to RSVP via email to Lizette.

    2020 Meeting Dates:

    February 15
    March 21
    April 18
    June 20
    October 17
    November 21
    December 19

    Danish Retirement Home, Aldersly
    326 Mission Ave.
    San Rafael, CA 94901

    Email Lizette Burtis lburtis@sbcglobal.net  for more information, or to register.

    • November 21, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 19, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Member's home - Denver, CO

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF COLORADO REGULAR MEETING

    Danish Sisterhood Gatherings and Meetings are suspended until further notice.  Please check with your local Lodge.

    3rd Saturday of each month

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Ellen Lodge #21

    D.S.S. Ellen Lodge #21

     Heritage Presentations 2020

    February 22 - Lynne

    March 21 - Gitte (mailing it in)

    April 18 - Ethel

    May 16 - Chris H.

    June 20 - Andrea

    July - No meeting

    August 8 - Pia E. (Picnic)

    September 19 - Luncheon

    October 17 - Joanna

    November 21 - Inge

    December - Christmas Luncheon

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    • November 22, 2020
    • (CST)
    • The Danish Home - Chicago, IL

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF CHICAGO GENERAL MEETING

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Dagmar Lodge No. 4, Chicago

    General meetings, which are traditionally held at The Danish Home of Chicago (5656 North Newcastle Avenue), are now virtual. Please join us.

    Sunday November 22 Annual Cookie Walk

    2:30 pm Social Connections
    3:00 pm General Meeting begins

    For Information, please contact:

    Events Coordinator Bente Rasmussen, 630-699-0332 
    E-mail: benterasmussen1@aol.com

    Secretary Jean Jackson, 708-784-0827
    Email: jean.m.jackson@att.net

    www.DanishSisterhood.com

    • December 15, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 15, 2024
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions

    THIS DATE IN DANISH AMERICAN HISTORY - THE DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA

    The Danish Sisterhood of America was founded on December 15, 1883 by Christine Hemmingsen, a Danish immigrant from Orup, Denmark. Inspired by the success of the Danish Brotherhood of America, Mrs. Hemmingsen established Christine Lodge #1 in Negaunee, Michigan. The Danish Sisterhood of today continues to grow with numerous lodges located throughout the United States and Canada.

    The Danish culture is rich – its history long and distinguished, going back thousands of years. Membership in the Danish Sisterhood of America is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Danish heritage, learn more about Danish customs and traditions, and strengthen your connection to Denmark. A cordial invitation is extended to you to join the largest national Danish organization dedicated to preserving and sharing these deeply rooted traditions. 

    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • December 24, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 25, 2020
    • (CST)
    • Denmark and United States

    GLÆDELIG JUL!

    Christmas in Denmark embodies the spirit of joy and enthusiasm to the maximum. As December approaches, every house and street is lit up with colourful lights, so much so that it neutralizes the effect of a dull winter. Most Danes believe that Christmas is about carols and songs, the aroma of spruce, oranges and freshly baked cookies. One of the city's oldest traditions is being adorned with thousands of candles to create an atmosphere of warmth, togetherness, relaxation and love. Usually, every store and street is elaborately decorated with green, red or white paper hearts, since this is the Danish symbol during Christmas. Again, even houses and dinner tables are ornamented with lights and hearts. Christmas cookies and æbleskiver are made for both the children and adults. Read on to learn more about the customs and traditions of Christmas in Denmark. 

    Some people in Denmark give and receive extra Advent presents on the four Sundays of Advent.

    Different types of Advent candles and calendars are popular in Denmark. A Kalenderlys (calendar-candle) is an Advent candle and most people have one of these types of candles. A Pakkekalender (gift calendar) is also a fun way to countdown to Christmas Eve. There are 24 small gifts for the children in the calendar, one for each day until Christmas Eve.

    Julekalender (christmas calendar) is a television series with 24 episodes. One episode is shown each day in December with the last one being aired on Christmas Eve. The first Julekalender was shown on TV in Denmark in 1962. The two main Danish TV channels DR and TV2 both show different versions of Julekalender each year. The theme of the stories in the Julekalender normally follow a similar storyline, with someone trying to ruin Christmas and the main characters saving Christmas!

    As well as the TV series, both DR and TV2 produce paper advent calendars to go along with the stories! DR is the oldest TV channel in Denmark and it's paper calendar is called Børnenes U-landskalender (Children's U-Country Calendar) (goes to another site). It's been making the calendars for over 50 years and profits from the sale of the calendar go to help poor children in a developing country. The calendar made by TV2 is called julekalender and profits from that calendar go to help Julemærkefonden, a children's charity in Denmark.

    You can also support Julemærkefonden when you send Christmas Cards in Denmark. Every year a set of Christmas stamps/stickers/seals called julemærket are sold in December to help raise money for the charity. You use a normal postage stamp as well, the julemærket stickers just make the post look more Christmassy! You can out more about julemærket on https://www.julemaerket.dk (goes to another site)

    Christmas Parties are held from 1st November to 24th December where everyone has a good time! Making cakes and biscuits is popular in the time before Christmas. Gingerbread cookies and vanilla ones are often favorites.

    In Denmark most people go to a Church Service on Christmas Eve about 4.00pm to hear the Christmas sermon or talk. It's also an old, traditional custom to give animals a treat on Christmas Eve, so some people go for a walk in the park or woods and they might take some food to give the animals and birds. You might also go for a walk to give you an appetite for the Christmas meal!

    When they get home the main Christmas meal is eaten between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. It's served on a beautifully decorated table. Popular Christmas foods include roast duck, goose or pork. They are served with boiled and sweet potatoes, red cabbage, beetroot and cranberry jam/sauce.

    Most families have a 'ris á la mande' (a special kind of rice pudding, made of milk, rice, vanilla, almonds and whipped cream) for dessert. All but one of the almonds are chopped into pieces. The person who finds the whole almond gets a present called a Mandelgave (almond present). Traditionally the little present was a marzipan pig! Now a marzipan pig is still sometimes given, but it's also often something like sweets or a little toy.

    After the meal the lights on the Christmas Tree are lit, people might dance around the tree and sing carols. Then it's time for people to open their presents. The Christmas tree normally has a gold or silver star on the top and often has silver 'fairy hair' on it to make it glitter.

    On Christmas day people meet with their family and have a big lunch together with danish open-faced sandwiches on rye-bread.

    In Denmark, children believe that their presents are brought by the 'Julemanden' (which means 'Christmas Man' or 'Yule Man'). He looks very similar to Santa Claus and also travels with a sleigh and reindeer. He lives in Greenland, likes rice pudding and is helped by 'nisser' which are like elves.

    St. Lucia's Day (or St. Lucy's Day) is also celebrated on December 13th, although it's more famous for being celebrated in Denmark's neighbor, Sweden.

    In Danish Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Glædelig Jul'. Happy/Merry Christmas in lots more languages.

    • January 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • January 01, 2025
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions

    GODT NYTÅR!

    New Year’s Eve rituals exist in many parts of the world and Denmark is no different. Here’s a short guide to understanding some of the best-known traditions.

    The Queen Margrethe’s New Year’s Eve speech at 6pm signals the beginning of a long and festive night. It’s a live broadcast from the Queen’s office in Christian IX’s Palace at Amalienborg, an annual essential that first started with King Christian IX in the 1880s. The Queen takes this opportunity to summarize the year’s main political events, both global and local. The speech always concludes with a salute to the nation with the words “Gud bevare Danmark” (God preserve Denmark), which signals the time to begin the meal.

    Unlike the Christmas dishes consumed just a few days prior, the New Year’s Eve menu consists of boiled cod, served with home-made mustard sauce and all the trimmings. However, Danes are less traditionally bound to the food when it comes to New Year. So, many Danes prepare exotic and alternative specialities for their New Year’s dinner.

    For dessert, the famous Kransekake, a Danish invention from the 1700s. Like champagne, it is one of the fixed elements of New Year’s Eve. It’s a towering cake made from layer-upon-layer of marzipan rings. The cake’s turret-like shape promises happiness and wealth for the coming year.

    Just before midnight, many Danes gather in front of the television to watch a short movie in black and white from 1963 called “90-års fødselsgaden” (“Dinner for one”, also known as “The 90th Birthday”).

    At the midnight countdown, it is a tradition for everyone celebrating indoors to stand on a sofa or a chair and jump into the new year. It symbolizes the hope for better time/eases the transition and then everyone wishes each other a Happy New Year. At this point a choir performs the Danish anthem and the Danish Monarch song.

    Shortly afterwards, people gather in the streets to set off fireworks. Danes traditionally celebrate New Year with lots of fireworks. It was only around 1900 that fireworks began to become something that ordinary people could buy. Before that, New Year was celebrated by using guns to fire shots into the air. It was done because of an old belief that loud noises and fireworks keep spirits and negative energies away.



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