Happy Varfrudagen (sounds like Vaffeldagen or Waffle Day) March 25th

Waffle Day is a tradition that is celebrated in Sweden, and to a lesser extent elsewhere, on March 25.  Waffles are usually eaten on this day. The name comes from Vårfrudagen (“Our Lady’s Day“), which in vernacular Swedish sounds almost like Våffeldagen (waffle day).

Our Lady’s Day is celebrated on March 25 (nine months before Christmas), the Christian holiday of Annunciation.  It is the day that the Virgin Mary found out that she was to be Jesus’ mother.  The Archangel Gabriel told her this.  We believe that Jesus was not born in December due to a number of factors like how the shepherds were herding their flock, and that there was no mention of Hanukkah, which had been practiced for about 150 years or so.  Until the actual day is determined we err on the day as being December 25 as Jesus’ birthday, and the Immaculate Conception on March 25th.

Here is the American Swedish Institute’s Recipe for some great waffles.

Try our recipe to make your waffles extra crispy and delicious. Serve with jam in lightly whipped cream.

Recipe for Waffles

  • 1.25 cups cold water
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • butter for the waffle iron
  • whipping cream
  • jam

Mix water, flour and salt until smooth. Whip cream until stiff and fold together with batter. Bake with butter in a waffle iron at full power and put them on a grid to cool. If you don’t have a waffle iron or sandwich press, cook them as you would pancakes. Beat the cream and place on waffles with raspberry, strawberry or cloudberry jam.

We used Wikipedia, and the American Swedish Institute websites for this article. We are half Swedish and we enjoy this holiday. ~~ Publius Jr.

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