Valdemar's Day ‑ Danish

Event Name Valdemar's Day - Danish
Start Date 15th Jun 2017 12:00am
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Description

According to legend, Danish King Valdemar II set out to conquer the pagan Estonians and convert them to Christianity. During the night of June 15, 1219, the Estonians made a surprise attack on the Danish camp. As he raised his arms toward heaven to pray for help, the Danish archbishop discovered that as long as he could hold his arms up, the Danes were able to push back the enemy. But when they dropped from weariness, the Estonians gained ground. Eventually a red banner with a white cross floated down from the sky and, as the archbishop caught it, he heard a voice from the clouds say that the Danes would win if they raised this banner before their enemies. A messenger took the banner to King Valdemar, and the Danes won the battle.

Schools, sports organisations, and Boy Scout troops in Denmark often hold pageants on June 15, also known as Flag Day, in which they reenact the story of the Dannebrog (the Danish flag) and King Valdemar. The red and white flag can be seen flying everywhere on this day in honor of its miraculous first appearance.

Source: The Free Dictionary