Catching Up (part 4): Fastelavn

Today is Fastelavn (say it: fest-ah-lau-win) in Denmark. Wikipedia has a pretty good article on it (follow the link in the previous sentence). Here’s what you do:

  1. Dress up in costumes, like Americans do at Halloween.
  2. Go door-to-door asking for candy.
  3. Put a cat in a barrel (like a wine barrel), then beat the barrel with a stick until it breaks.
  4. Sing songs.
  5. Eat the special pastries.

Well, okay.

These days the cat is made of paper and the barrel is filled with candy. And you’re not really beating away the devil any longer. But the barrel is still made of wood. Eden said, “when we broke the barrel, a piece of wood flew and hit Mia in the forehead!”

However, the pastries are still real. It isn’t a Danish holidy if there isn’t a pastry created specifically for it.

This year Cate dressed up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz; Eden’s class didn’t dress in costumes.

A man hangs the Fastelavn barrel at church for the Danish congregation to beat.

A man hangs the Fastelavn barrel at church for the Danish congregation to beat.

 

The special pastries for Fastelavn

The special pastries for Fastelavn

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One Response to Catching Up (part 4): Fastelavn

  1. Susan Young says:

    How is Mia’s head? I wonder if the Danes could take a little trip to Mexico sometime and pick up some ideas there.

    Those treats look very tasty!

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