Bollurdagur / BUN DAY
Bolludagur is the Monday in the beginning of lent and this year it came up on the 19th of February. Even though the name, bolludagur, is fairly young this day has been celebrated for over hundred years in Iceland.
It is believed that the custom of bun day came to Iceland from either Denmark or Norway in the second half of the nineteenth century, introduced by bakers from those countries. Nevertheless, bolludagur is celebrated quite differently in Iceland than in the mainland Scandinavian countries.
There are two important things related to the bun day. The first is to spank people with the so called bolludagsvöndur-and by people I mean parents-, which is a decorated stick, and today most kids make their own sticks in school, decorating it with all kinds of colored paper. The goal is to manage to spank people before they get out of bed, and for each time you manage to spank and scream "bolla" you receive a price, which in Iceland is always rjomabolla, a cream puffed bun; preferably with chocolate covering, if you were to ask me.
Now stay tuned, ´cause there are three special days in a row now, taken together, they afford you the opportunity to be a complete glutton!
next installment tomorrow: Bursting Day!
Labels: Icelandic Traditions