Today is Store Bededag – read the history behind the revoked national holiday

Having been abolished after more than 300 years as a national holiday, Store Bededag will be a normal working day this year. The holiday historically took place on the fourth Friday after Easter, as an occasion to reflect on transgressions and be grateful.

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The tradition of Store Bededag (Great Prayer Day) was introduced in 1686 by bishop Hans Bagger of Zealand. The idea was to consolidate the many prayer days throughout the year into one. On this day, church services would be focused on penance.   Penance wasn’t to be taken lightly. On the eve of Store Bededag, church […]

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