The art of Danish hygge

Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word 'hygge' (pronounced 'hooga') translates roughly to 'cosiness'. It may be hard to say, but that hasn't stopped people finding out that hygge might be a recipe for a happier life.
Oxford Dictionaries even shortlisted hygge as one of their Words of the Year 2016!
But what is hygge really? Are candles hygge? Woolly socks? As our guide Anna discovers, there's much more to the unique Danish concept of hygge...

The Danish meaning of hygge
Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There's nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world?

The high season of hygge
The high season of hygge is Christmas, when Danes pull out all the hygge stops. Danish winters are long and dark, and so the Danes fight the darkness with their best weapon: hygge, and the millions of candles that go with it. Ever been to Tivoli Gardens or walked the streets of Copenhagen during the festive season? Then you know what Danes can do with lighting and mulled wine (known as gløgg)! If you haven’t, you should experience it!

Summer hygge
If you plan on visiting Denmark during the summer months, you can still experience hygge. Picnics in the park, barbeques with friends, outdoor concerts, street festivals and bike rides can all be very hygge, especially when done the Danish way.

How you can hygge at home
Hygge is more than a cosy room full of candles, company and good food. Hygge is a philosophy; a way of life that has helped Danes understand the importance of simplicity, time to unwind and slowing down the pace of life. So hygge may have started here, but you can definitely start practising it at home! Create space and time to do nothing but enjoy the little things with family and friends and you're on your way to a hyggelig home!

 

Read the original article here:http://www.visitdenmark.com/hygge


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