Grundlovsdag - Stegt Flæsk med Persillesovs from Denmark
Grundlovsdag (Constitution Day) is observed in Denmark on 5 June.
The day honors the Constitution of Denmark, as both the first constitution of 1849 and the current constitution of 1953 were signed on this date of their respective years. Denmark is one of only a handful countries in the world to not have an official National Day, but Constitution Day is sometimes considered the closest equivalent of such a day. It is also widely considered to be a day for celebrating Danish democracy.
It is widely celebrated throughout Denmark with church congregations, associations and political organizations meeting for what are essentially "secular services". These services include the raising of the Dannebrog (the Danish flag), a short speech by a local politician or celebrity, and collective singing (Danish: fællessang). With few exceptions, all shops stay closed on Grundlovsdag by law.
The Danish cuisine originated from the peasant population's own local produce and was enhanced by cooking techniques developed in the late 19th century and the wider availability of goods during and after the Industrial Revolution. Open sandwiches, known as Smørrebrød, which in their basic form are the usual fare for lunch, can be considered a national speciality when prepared and decorated with a variety of fine ingredients. Hot meals are typically prepared with meat or fish. Substantial meat and fish dishes includes Flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) and Kogt Torsk (poached cod) with mustard sauce and trimmings. Ground meats (pork, veal or beef) became widespread during the industrial revolution and traditional dishes that are still popular include Frikadeller (meat balls), Karbonader (breaded pork patties) and Medisterpølse (fried sausage). Denmark is known for its Carlsberg and Tuborg beers and for its Akvavit and bitters, but amongst the Danes themselves imported wine has gained steadily in popularity since the 1960s.
Kogt Torsk, Smørrebrød and Medisterpølse (from left to right)
A few years ago, Danes were asked to vote for their national dish. And the winning dish, a classic pork recipe 'Stegt Flæsk med Persillesovs', was no surprise. The crispy pork, served with boiled potatoes, parsley sauce and pickled beetroot, is a very old dish that has won the hearts and tummies of Danes for centuries. You can try the Danes' national dish in many restaurants around Denmark. Luckily, it is actually among the cheaper eats and if you become a fan, some restaurants even offer all-you-can-eat pork at affordable prices. Velbekome!