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Expect to Sell 44,000 Cream Puffs on Bolludagur

Today is Bolludagur, or Cream Puff Day, the first of three food-filled Icelandic holidays leading up to Lent. Daníel Kári Stefánsson, restaurant manager at IKEA in Garðabær, told RÚV he expects the restaurant’s cream puffs sales to be above average this year, including between 8,000-10,000 of the sweet treat sold today alone.

“We have sold almost 36,000 cream puffs leading up to today. We expect to end up at 43,000-44,000 cream puffs. That’s significantly more than in recent years,” Daníel stated. According to him, the restaurant has been preparing for the holiday for around a month. Many factors play into the increase in sales Daníel expects this year, including a strike which has closed many preschools, and yesterday’s Konudagur (Women’s Day) celebrations.

Known as Shrove Monday in many other countries, Bolludagur takes place on the Monday before Lent. The celebrations continue Tuesday with Sprengidagur, or Bursting Day, when Icelanders traditionally eat salted lamb and pea soup. Sprengidagur is followed by Ash Wednesday, known as Öskudagur in Icelandic, in which children dress in costumes and sing songs in exchange for candy.

“We are actually starting to prepare for Sprengidagur now,” Daníel told reporters. “We expect 3,000 people for dinner here tomorrow.”

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