The Fat Tuesday

Hey!! It was a while ago since I last wrote a post in English so I thought today would be the perfect day to do it! We have our first brake this semester that we call ”sports break” I have no idea why it’s called that because I don’t do any special sports at this break.. It’s already week 10 of this year and in my part ot Sweden we always have the sports break week 10. Easter is a little bit late this year but someone who is waiting for something good can’t wait to long. In easter we have another week (week 17) and a day of break, called ”easter break” and that’s basically the last break we have before summer. Of course we also have first of may, a free day, kind of like the American ”labor day” which also happens to be my birthday. That means, I have never been in school on my actual birthday. And we also have June 6th, Sweden’s national day. (We don’t get out of school until june 13th)

However, I was going to write about a special day that we kind of celebrate here in Sweden. It is kind of funny, and from what I experienced in the four months I spent in Utah you guys don’t have any special days like this. It’s a day when we honor a special kind of bun, yes you read that right, a day to honor a bun. I think it also has to do with the Swedish obsession with taking a fika. So this day is basically just another good reason to go and have a fika. A fika is a word that is not able to translate, but when we’re having a fika we eat like a dessert and drink something to it. Like coffee and cake. Sometimes we also call breakfast for fika, eating a sandwich and drinking some juice. Anyways, this day has a special name and it is: ”the Fat tuesday”. Something that also is funny is how it’s spelled in swedish: ”fettisdagen” which also can be pronounced just like ”the fat day” since the swedish language doesn’t seperate the words as often as the English language.

So I was also going to explain to you what this kind of bun is. It’s called a ”Semla” (one semla, two semlor) and it’s simple. Bred, whipped cream and almond paste. I actually found a recipe in English if you would like to try and make some of them, or if you’re just curious how we make them. (I think most of the Swedes buy them now though.) Klick HERE to find the recipe. Personally I don’t like them at all and I haven’t even eaten one today, though I kind of regret not eating one. I don’t like it but it’s a tradition to eat one every year. I usually just eat the ”lid” and some of the bread, it’s always way to much whipped cream and I hate the almond paste.

Enjoy your fat tuesday!!



This is what a semla looks like. You cut the lid of, carv some of the bread out, put some of the almond paste in it, put whipped cream on and put the lid on top of everything. The white powder on top is powdered sugar.


Wanna know more about Sweden? I have explained two more traditions that you can read if you klick HERE.



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