Today is Ash Wednesday!

ashday01_esaIn many countries carnival is celebrated at this time of year. In Iceland, the carnival season is limited to three days, Bolludagur (Collop Monday), Sprengidagur (Shrove Tuesday) and Öskudagur (Ash Wednesday). Öskudagur (literally: ‘Ash Day’) is in many ways Iceland’s answer to Halloween.

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Today is Bursting Day!

burstingday_esaOn this day, the traditional Icelandic saltkjöt og baunir, salted meat and bean stew, is eaten to celebrate Sprengidagur (‘Bursting Day’), which is Iceland’s answer to Shrove Tuesday. The motto is to eat stew until you burst.

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Today is Bun Day!

bunday_esaThe Christian tradition of celebrating Bolludagur (‘Bun Day’ or ‘Cream Puff Day’) seven weeks before Easter traveled to Iceland from Denmark in the 19th century. Children wake their parents up with excited shouts and encouraging spanks with homemade paddles (to ensure a goodly number of cream puffs).

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