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What is "hygge"?

2019/01/01

Happy new year everybody!!!

 

Today, let’s learn a new word– in Danish!

 

Have you heard of the word “hygge” before?

 

Hygge is not an English word. It’s from Danish, the language of Denmark. However, in recent years hygge has become an international buzzword. Hygge is a feeling, or atmosphere, of being cozy.

 

Here are some photos that show the meaning of hygge:

(I think that cats understand hygge well!)

 

According to visitdenmark.co.uk, “hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cosying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too. And there’s nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life.”

 

Hygge is very culturally important to people in Denmark. Some people think that hygge is one reason why Denmark is one of the world’s happiest countries. But they are not the only people who experience hygge!

I think that Japanese people experience hygge when they use a kotatsu! When you sit under a kotatsu, you can relax and enjoy being warm and comfortable. You can also spend time with friends and family under the kotatsu.

 

So, this winter, I encourage you to create your own moments of hygge! Light some candles, make hot chocolate, get some blankets, and take it easy!