Nordic hygge at WDM

This past weekend, interested patrons got to learn the Danish art of relaxation at the Western Development Museum branch in the city.

Known as hygge - roughly pronounced as ‘hoo-gah’, is a word used to describe the general feeling of relaxation and contentment, and the pursuit of happiness within oneself.

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True to its definition, at the WDM on Saturday, lights were dimmed, cookies, pastries, coffee and other refreshments were served. Candle making, colouring, reading were all activities patrons could be observed doing, at their own pace.

“The idea of hygge is just being calm, relaxed and at peace -- to deliberately slow things down,” said Solange Massicotte, Education and Public Events Coordinator at WDM.

Indeed, it did seem quite calm. Music played quietly in the background, with some interesting flavours -- the Frozen soundtrack -- in Swedish -- and Abba’s Chiquitita were on the playlist.

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