The Vancouver Island Danish Canadian Club is a non-profit social club based in Nanaimo. The club focuses on events that highlight Danish culture, customs and food. We welcome new faces all the time! We encourage you to bring your friends to all of our events. And our promise to you is that you will have a very good time and make new friendships!
Join us and bring your friends! The more of us the merrier! Please support your Danish Club's events!
What is this strange tradition that the Danes have for burning a witch on Sankt Hans Midsummer's Eve? Here is part of the story:
Come out and enjoy hot dogs with all the fixings! There will also be pastry, coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices.
Let's send 'the witch' to Bloksbjerg at our Midsummer Celebration bonfire. We'll sing traditional songs and roast marshmallows!
Admission: $10 per person and children are free!
Bring your friends, children, lawn chairs and roasting sticks and enjoy a wonderful evening celebrating the longest day of the year! See you there!
This years Sankt Hans Midsummer Celebration will be held on Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park - S1 - Group Picnic Shelter in Parksville, BC on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 6:00 pm
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Cozy, snuggly, relaxing...
What does Hygge mean to you?
Here are a few books you may find interesting. They're all about hygge.
The Cozy Life by Danish-born BC author Pia Edberg
Meik Wiking has a new book out to compliment his Hygge Book: The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People
Here is a website that is an introduction to hygge. The Danish Art of Coziness.
Dancing and Dementia
A landmark 21 year study of 469 seniors measured mental acuity in aging by monitoring rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The researchers studied cognitive activities such as reading, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments. They also studied physical activities like golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking and doing housework.
Significantly, almost none of these activities appeared to protect against dementia: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. In terms of reduced risk of dementia, here is how some of the activities, mental and physical, stacked up.
0% Reduced Risk - Bicycling and Swimming
0% Reduced Risk - Golf
35% Reduced Risk - Reading
47% Reduced Risk - Doing crossword puzzles at least 4 days per week
76% Reduced Risk - Dancing frequently
The greatest risk reduction of any activity was dancing frequently, cognitive or physical. The study's authors suggested that the dancers are more resistant to the effects of dementia as a result of having greater cognitive reserve and increased complexity of neuronal synapses. -The study was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and funded by the National Institute on Aging. It was later published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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