Danish Festival returns June 12: Come experience the "Hygge!"

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The Danish Festival returns at noon June 12  at Seneca Lake State Park on Routes 5 and 20 in Geneva. Please bring a dish to pass for the smorgasbord table, your own tableware, and your musical instrument.

SENECA LAKE — Following a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus, The Danish Festival returns at noon June 12 at Seneca Lake State Park on Routes 5 and 20 in Geneva.

Please bring a dish to pass for the smorgasbord table, your own tableware, and your musical instrument. (Music is available.) Park entrance fee is $7 per car.

According to the June 6, 1946 edition of The Chronicle-Express, the first Danish Festival was June 6, 1943 at Seneca Lake State Park. Annual Danish Festivals followed in the 1940s and early '50s. After a lapse of several years without one, four couples decided to reinstate the festivals.

Danish Festivals were started to celebrate and preserve Danish culture and traditions for younger generations to remember their immigrant roots from Denmark.

In the 1960s, Danish Festivals were started again to celebrate and preserve Danish culture and traditions, and there has been one every year since, with the exception of 2020 and '21.

Some of the activities at the festival include dancing and music. Come and experience the "Hygge!"

"The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living" by Meik Wiking.
"Hygge" is a Danish word meaning both "cozy" and "fun."
Butter Cookies, Abelskivver, and traditional rye bread are just some of the cultural foods of Denmark.
Butter cookies, aebleskiver, and traditional rye bread are just some of the cultural foods of Denmark.
Butter cookies, aebleskiver, and traditional rye bread are just some of the cultural foods of Denmark.