Spring in Denmark brings two things: blooming cherry trees and confirmations. Denmark is not an overly religious nation, but confirmations are rites of passage into adulthood for young people, just as the earth is going through its yearly rite of spring.
In 1736 King Christian VI passed a law making confirmations a legal requirement for young people to confirm their baptismal promise. This was a way to strengthen their relationship with Christianity and the national church. Confirmation became a kind of rite of entrance for participation in religious and social life.
Today confirmation is looked at as a nice opportunity to throw big a party and receive many gifts. It is also an opportunity to have portraits taken as the child moves into adulthood.
Caroline was confirmed in Uggeløse Church in North Zealand. We met after the church ceremony and took photos around the church and also at Birkholm Plante Skole where the cherry trees were in full bloom. The trees provided shade from the blazing sun. The cherry blossoms fell in the wind and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect.