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Fettisdag (Fat Tuesday)

February 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Semlor (Lenten buns) were originally consumed on fettisdagen, or Fat Tuesday, as a celebration before the Christian fasting period of Lent. In modern Sweden, since strict adherence to Lent has waned, semlor make their appearance in bakeries from about January through Easter. However, Semla Day (semmeldagen) is still celebrated on Fat Tuesday every year. Kind Adolf Frederick died in 1771 after eating 14 servings of semlor. So while indulgence is encouraged on fettisdagen, it might be best to keep your semla intake to fewer than 10!

Stop by for a fika¬†from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Museum where you can get a semla and coffee for $5. If you want to buy enough for the whole office, Bennison’s in Evanston will be selling semlor for those who do not want to make their own.


February 13, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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