Fastelavn - Scandinavian Mardi Gras

Fastelavn - Scandinavian Mardi Gras

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
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Fastelavn - Scandinavian Mardi Gras
2001 Northwest Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio, United States 43212

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If there is a Scandinavian celebration that gives us an excuse to get together, we're on it! Fastelavn is a danish pre-Lenten Carnival celebrated late February early March. Therefore, we are getting together, Saturday March 16th to celebrate this colorful carnival filled with delicious bakery and great costumes!

We welcome you to celebrate this Carnival filled with spirit, colors, and great costumes. And we encourage everyone, whether you are 8 or 80, to dress up as your favorite character, it sure will put a smile on your face!

What to expect: 

  • Meet with friends
  • Dress up as your favorite character. (Not mandatory.)
  • Enjoy some delicous Fastelavnboller
  • Smash the Fastelavn barrel
  • Potluck bakery. Contribute with your own favorite bakery. 
Tickets:
  • Members: $5
  • Non-members: $10
  • All kids 12 and under are FREE 
Tickets cover venue, Fastelavnbolls, coffe, tea, soda, decorations etc. 

Want to learn more about Fastelavn? Keep on reading!

What is Fastelavn?
Roughly described as a danish version of the pre-Lenten Carnival tradition associated with Roman-Catholic countries, in which children wear costumes and go out asking for candy. 

What is Fastelavnboller (buns)?

Fastelavnsboller (buns) are these days mostly eaten on the Sunday now known as Fastelavn, but traditionally the sweets were for White Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. You can find many recepies for "traditional" Fastelavnboller. But the most popular one are cream filled and topped with chocolate. Many families will involve their children in baking and decorating the buns, but of course eating them is the most fun part. In Sweden they are called Semlor. 
 









Smashing the Barrel?
The one tradition that has thrived through the years is “knocking the cat out of the barrel,” a game played in schools, day care institutions and around homes. Like a pinata, a barrel is hung and youngsters try to smash it with a bat. When they do, a pile of sweets fall out. In the old days, a live cat was used, preferably black as a symbol of evil.

location

Fastelavn - Scandinavian Mardi Gras
2001 Northwest Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio, United States 43212

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Event hosted by

Scandinavian Club of Columbus
P.O. Box 14296
Columbus, OH, 43214-0296
Scandinavian Club of Columbus
ScandiClubInfo@gmail.com

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