This Sunday, many Danes will celebrate Fastelavn. Traditionally observed on the Sunday or Monday before Lent, this holiday draws parallels to Halloween, in that it has religious roots, but today is more of a festive party complete with costumes and treats.* I’ve never participated in a Fastlavn celebration before, which is why I decided to bake Fastelavnsboller this year.
*To any Danish readers, please feel free to correct me on any of this information. My “Scandinavian Holiday” iCal calendar pointed out that Sunday was Fastelavn, and I started doing some research. I would love to go to Denmark someday and experience these traditions and holidays first hand, but in the meantime, I can only hope, dream, and read about them online