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The Semla is More Than Just a Bun

February 25, 2020 was Fettisdagen Fat Tuesday also known as Semmeldagen. The Heritage invited our members to our museum, and we all enjoyed some Semlor and had a nice afternoon together. This was the last Sunday we were open before COVID-19.

This year, Fettisdagen Fat Tuesday is on February 16th, 2021. It is always 47 days before Easter. Swedes will consume 6 million Semlor on Fettisdagen out of the 40 million Semlor that they consume yearly.

The Swedes have been eating Semlor since the 1600s, but it was not until around 1930 that the buns started to look like they do today. A Semla is a cream filled, almond flavored, cardamom scented bun. In 1952 a bakery in Skåne got fined for starting to sell Semlor before Semmel Tuesday. Today, you will find Semlor being made from late December until Easter.

From all of us at Swedish Heritage in BC, we wish you a happy Semmel Tuesday!


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World's largest coin?

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Benevolence Society SVEA 1908-1968

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