Familial Feasts – Babette’s Feast for Grootouers

Familial Feasts – Babette’s Feast for “Grootouers” (GRANDPARENTS)

Yesterday was Father’s Day in many countries. If you could dedicate a holiday to a more distant relative, who would it be — and why?

This would be a Babette’s Feast Day in honour of Grandparents. It would be based on the Danish film directed by Gabriel Axel, called Babette’s Feast. The story is by:  Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). Babette creates a sumptuous feast for an austere community, who themselves have sacrificed many worldly pleasures, including love and comfort, doing everything possible to avoid temptation. In an ultimate sacrifice, Babette takes all her winnings to create a feast of love.

“Babette’s gifts break down their distrust and superstitions, elevating them physically and spiritually. Old wrongs are forgotten, ancient loves are rekindled, and a mystical redemption of the human spirit settles over the table.”

This is what I wish for all grandparents. That they be elevated both physically and spiritually through such a feast, for which a day is set aside to celebrate each year. As a society, we do not give sufficient credence to the importance of the love, possible roles and wisdom of grandparents.


The image is of the small village of  Berlevåg where the story was set, but was not the site of the film, since it was thought to be too pretty. Image from Creative Commons.





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