Wind Down Wednesday: Hygge and Home

Hygge, approximately pronounced “hoo-guh,” is a Danish word that the Oxford dictionary defines as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).” Although it’s said the word has no direct translation into the English language, the National Portrait Gallery is nevertheless trying to bring some into our lives with “Wind Down Wednesday: Hygge and Home,” a virtual happy hour and relaxation event. This week, the event celebrates writer Marilynne Robinson and her portrait, which can be found in the museum’s Her Story: A Century of Women Writers exhibit. Starting at 5 p.m. on Instagram live, local plant-based chef Megan Segarra will kick off the event with a tutorial of her infused spiked tea and a non-alcoholic alternative. The drinks will be enjoyed with a discussion of Robinson’s portrait—a gentle photograph of her surrounded by plants, taken by Alec Soth—and a reading of excerpts from her books. Then, local candle maker Amina Ahmad will guide viewers through a lesson on candles and aromatherapy. If that wasn’t enough hygge, the hour will end with a botanical watercolor workshop inspired by Robinson’s portrait. The event beings at 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 on Instagram Live @smithsoniannpg. Free.