Great Prayer Day History
Great Prayer Day is a Danish holiday that consolidates several minor Christian holy days into one day. The bells in every Danish church announce the eve of Great Prayer Day. There are few traditions that take place during the holiday. Students from Copenhagen University walk the city ramparts in commemoration of students who died defending Copenhagen in the 1659 assault by the Swedish Army during the Second Northern War.
The day was first celebrated in 1686 by the Church of Denmark under the guidance of King Christian V. The days in question were Roman Catholic holidays that had survived the Reformation. It was itself a survivor of the holiday reforms carried out by Christian VII in 1771. Great Prayer Day takes place every year on the 4th Friday after Easter.
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