Bollurdagur

11 02 2013

Today is Bolludagur, or Cream Puff Day in English! Bolludagur always falls on the Monday preceding Ash Wednesday, so its actual date changes every year. Its origins are either to be found in Denmark or Norway: bakers from these countries are believed to have introduced this custom in the middle of nineteenth century.

Gamla Bakaríið has been bustling, with a half dozen kinds of romabollur (cream puffs). Photo from gusti.is

Gamla Bakaríið has been bustling, with a half dozen kinds of rjomabollur (cream puffs). Photo from gusti.is

Tradition about this festivity is a little bit strange, and it goes as follows: children arm themselves with a bolludagsvöndur, a stick especially thought for the occasion, after waking up on the morning of Bolludagur; they creep to their parents’ room and with the stick they spank the adults yelling “Bolla!”. For every blow received before getting out of bed, parents are supposed to give their children a cream puff. These days this custom has become less literal thus children cannot get three dozens of cream puffs just because they’re good at spanking their parents.

In line with my own heritage, I got an Irish Creame Rjomabolla (and a raspberry one).

In line with my own heritage, I got an Irish Cream Rjomabolla (and a raspberry one).

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