Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Today is Waffle Day in Sweden, and the reason why today of all days
is Waffle Day I find quite amusing.
March 25th is the Feast of The Annunciation according to the Catholic
the day on which
the archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would
conceive a child, the Son of God.
Why March 25th?
The date was arrived at by the following highly scientific calculation:
Ipso facto, habeas corpus delicti,
we have determined the date of the Annunciation to be March 25th
via incontrovertible logic.
In England, the holiday is known as Lady Day,
a name which is echoed Sweden, where
the holiday goes by the name Our Lady's Day:
Now, if you say Vårfrudagen really fast and mumble it,
somebody with bad hearing might misinterpret what you said as
which means Waffle Day.
Now, Waffle Day is not to be confused with
Pancake Day, a British holiday which coincides with
Shrove Tuesday, the day before the beginning of Lent.
Unlike Waffle Day, which is based on a pun,
Pancake Day had a practical origin:
In olden days, consumption of dairy products was prohibited during Lent,
and pancakes were a convenient way to use up your leftover
eggs, butter, and milk all at one go.
(That is, on years when it isn't
And this year, a Polish colleague taught me about
Pączki Day, a holiday that takes place on the Thursday
before Lent and is apparently celebrated by "eating as many
pączki as possible."
are pastries that resemble a jelly-filled doughnut,
and the holiday served the same practical purpose as Pancake Day in England.
What food-based holidays exist in your country?
Here are a few more to get you started: