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March 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

In Sweden våffeldagen (waffle day) is celebrated on March 25. Eating waffles is an old tradition in Sweden, it can, in fact, be traced all the way back to medieval times. The name waffle day (våffeldagen) was from the beginning a miss pronunciation of the name vårfrudagen, which was the day the angel Gabriel came to tell Virgin Mary that she nine months later would give birth to baby Jesus.
The National Waffle Day, or Vårfrudagen, was moved to March 25 by the Swedish church during the 16th century, because this was considered to be the day when winter turned into spring and the farmers had to start sowing their crops.
Originally, waffles were baked over an open fire in a squared waffle iron, looking more like the Belgian waffles we see today. During the 18th century, the iron stove came to Sweden and it became more convenient to make the waffles in a circle-shaped waffle iron, and it’s from those that today’s heart-shaped irons originated from.


March 25, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


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