Last week in We heart Danish Drama, I gave you an idea for a Carnival costume. And, by jingo, if you’re planning to celebrate Fastelavn (as the Danes call it), you’d better get your skates on. Because this year the moveable feast falls early. Really early. Sunday 19 February. Which is the Sunday before the Danish schools’ winter holiday week – eek!
|Fastelavnsboller = Danish carnival buns|
However, he wouldn’t say ‘No’ to a fastelavnsris, so we’ll still be making those… Now we could, of course, buy them readymade from the local supermarket or sweetshop but a)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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(First published 2011)
- it’s celebrated seven weeks before Easter Sunday (6 March 2011, 19 February 2012)
- it’s the highlight of the kids’ year (aside from Christmas), it’s basically the Danish equivalent of Halloween
- kids wear fancy dress (which, for the under 6s, is invariably a superhero or something pink and princessy)
- the kids make (or buy or receive) a fastelavnsris [don't know what that is? Hey, you're in luck! Keep reading for instructions on making your own...]
- you eat special fastelavnsboller [sticky buns, duh, of course there's food involved!]
The boy or girl who knocks out the bottom of the barrel is crowned as Kattedronningen (the Queen of the Cats). The person who smashes the very last piece of the barrel is crowned Kattekongen (the King of the Cats). A huge honour. You get to wear a little golden crown for your efforts. And be the envy of your friends for years afterwards.
Here’s how to make your very own Danish Carnival essential – a Fastelavnsris. Which is sure to make you the envy of your friends!
- a few bare branches (should be easy to find at this time of year…)
- sellotape, thread, ribbon or wire
- coloured carton or paper
- bits n’ bobs
- some small sweets (wrapped, if possible)
Carlsberg or Tuborg bottle tops – a great way to recyle them?! Or whatever takes your fancy…
God fastelavn! Happy Carnival!