This Sunday it’s time for the Fastelaven Celebration. “What’s that?” some of you might think. Well, Fastelaven is celebrated in Norway and Denmark (and also to some extent in Sweden) seven weeks before Easter Sunday, and is traditionally a religious holiday, but today the celebration is less so, and more a time for festivities, especially for children. But, enough about the facts (read more here if you want to learn more about Fastelaven) and let’s concentrate on the beautiful decorations!
Typically, we decorate with branches filled with colourful feathers, and also, it’s tradition to bake sweet rolls, and fill them with whipped cream and jam.
Here’s some Fastelaven inspiration for you:
Here’s an example of a more modern take on the Fastelaven decorations
Traditional decoration for Fastelaven – with the typical bright colours on the feathers
The “Fastelavensbolle” – this version is without the jam inside
A beautiful an “colour coordinated” Fastelaven decoration – so nice!
Here’s one with jam inside – definately my favourite!
My dear husband is from Sweden, and here these sweet rolls are called “semla” – and this is a very typical and traditional Swedish treat which you basically can get all year round in Sweden.
I hope some of you got some Nordic inspiration from this – how about making your very own “semla” and decorate with a “fastelavensris” filled with colourful feathers?!