Constitution Day (Denmark)

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Grundlovsdag
Grundlovgivende rigsforsamling - Constantin Hansen.jpg
The National Constitutional Assembly, 1849
Also called Constitution Day
Observed by Denmark
Type National
Significance The anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy, and honours the constitution of 1953, which was adopted on the same date.
Celebrations Speeches by politicians
Date June 5
Next time 5 June 2015 (2015-06-05)
Frequency annual

Constitution Day (Danish: Grundlovsdag), observed on June 5,[1][2] commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy, and honors the constitution of 1953, which was adopted on the same date.[3] Almost all workplaces and shops are closed at noon on this particular day[4] and political rallies and meetings are traditionally held.[3]

The day, however, is not widely used to celebrate the constitution or national day as is seen in other countries, such as in Norway.

This day is also Father's Day in Denmark[3][5] as it is in other countries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Days – um.dk, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  2. ^ Constitution Day in Denmark (a letter from US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on behalf of US President Barack Obama, to the Danish people) – US Department of State – state.gov. Retrieved 6 February 2012
  3. ^ a b c Constitution Day – Denmark.dk, the official website of Denmark. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  4. ^ Opening hours – shops – VisitDenmark.dk. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Fars Dag" (in Danish). Dansk Historisk Fællesråd. Retrieved June 2, 2012.