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Shrovetide / Fastelavn

Traditionally celebrated to mark the end of winter and the coming of Lent, Fastelavn, or Shrovetide, takes place on Sunday seven weeks before Easter Monday. These days, costumes and sweet treats however takes up most of the attention. Children dress up and go door-to-door singing in the hopes of collecting treats. The culmination of the day is 'hitting the cat out of the barrel' where all children take turns to try and break a barrel filled with candy by hitting it with a wooden bat. 

Both children and adults alike can enjoy fastelavnsboller, or lent buns, that are sold in bakeries and supermarkets in the weeks leading up to fastelavnFastelavnsboller are pastry buns filled with a custard like cream and in some variations jam and decorated with icing. 

Read more about fastelavn here.