Let’s celebrate Fastelaven!

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?!


5 thoughts on “Let’s celebrate Fastelaven!

    1. Tickled Pink Post author

      Ah, it makes me so happy that you want to try the decorations! I think they actually have a wonderful “Spring” feeling, with the fresh colours..
      Let me know how it goes with your decorations:)

  1. Mila.

    The colorful decorated branches? How LOVELY! Fastelaven seems pretty similiar to German Fastnacht: Everything is decorated colorful, we eat Berliner (absolutely similiar to semla) and we dress up to celebrate a carnival. Great/interesting post! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Tickled Pink Post author

      It probably is the same type of celebration – as the word Fastelaven comes from a German word: vastel-avent. In Norway, we also eat Berliner – it’s so good:) Thanks for sharing:)


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