“Closed on account of happiness”
Two Danish resistance fighters guarding a shop
while the owner celebrates the British liberation of Denmark.
(With thanks to Wikipedia)
On 5 May 1945 the German occupation of Denmark ended. People took down their blackout blinds and burned them in the streets. Today, we mark Liberation Day more quietly with candles placed on our windowsills.
As I strike a long match and hold the flame to the wick of a tea light, I notice the moon rising. Tomorrow evening brings the moon to its perigee: full and curious, it will pass closer to Earth than at any time in its orbit. It looks very large and very bright, as if reflecting the light of all Denmark’s candles.