Saturday, 24 July 2010

Greenlandic National Day, Part 2



If you haven't read Part 1, go ahead, I'll wait...

There's a tradition in Greenland called kaffimik - whenever you have something to celebrate, you put flags outside your house to signal that there's a kaffimik at your house, and anyone passing is welcomed in for coffee and cake. It's a communal celebration that's perfectly suited to the typically small settlements of Greenland.

To continue the National Day celebrations, the Nuuk administration had arranged a giant kaffimik for the whole city. This was going to be outside in the street, but although they set up the tables first thing in the morning, the rain won out and the whole affair was moved indoors, into a giant sports hall.

National Day - tables

National Day kaffimik

Despite the huge numbers of coffee pots, it was hard to find one that wasn't empty! However, with Andy's hawk-eyes looking out for refills, we did eventually manage to score our free cuppa, and a slice of Greenlandic cake (which is where I got the idea to make my own).

Most of the day's celebratory activities were also moved inside the hall. One of the things I'd been looking forwards to the most was the "Greenlandic polka" demonstration - a bouncy style of dancing which turned out to have a lot in common with various European folk and circle dances. It was fun to watch and challenging to photograph!

Dancing at the National Day celebration

Dancing at the National Day celebration

Dancing at the National Day celebration

You may have gathered that Nuuk wasn't my favourite place in Greenland, but they certainly put on a good display in honour of Greenland's semi-independence day, and we were glad we'd arranged our trip around this date.

15 comments:

Tractor Mom said...

Love the pics! Those boots they got on are just too wild! Come by when you slow down...

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Mandi Miller said...

Looks like a lot of fun!!!

liliannattel said...

It's been so much fun to go along your trip with you!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

That's a cool tradition. I guess they have less weird-os there than here in the US. I wouldn't feel comfortable inviting the public into my home!

Bibliomama said...

That sounds like a fantastic tradition. As for weirdos? I'd like to see them try to out-weirdo me on my own turf.

Mama Hen said...

What a super experience Rachel! I love that last picture! No coffee! Yikes! Have a great weekend!

Mama Hen

strangemamma said...

What a great adventure. I haven't been around much but I have been keeping up with your trips and recent creative endeavours.

ScoMan said...

I like the idea of kaffimik. Creates a very friendly and social atmosphere and is really about the whole sense of "community"

Not something I could ever do myself of course. I don't like the idea of strangers coming into my home.

lily-margaret said...

Wow, your Iceland trip sounds fantastic. I am dying to to go there! I love the traditional costumes worn by the dancers, too. If you visit Amsterdam this autumn, let me know!

Christine said...

Thanks for this... I had never thought of going to Greenland before now although I love travelling to far away places. You have inspired my curiosity.

Writing Without Periods! said...

I love those colorful sweaters and the photo in motion. You are so talented.
Mary

Charity said...

Hi There! I'm stopping bye to say hello from Monday's FMYH. I hope you can stop by and visit. Have a great Monday!

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The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE the boots!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Wonderful pictures. I especially love the boots!

smilla4blogs said...

How fortunate you were to time your trip with National Day! Your images are wonderful...great photo journalism!

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