Bolla Bolla Bolla!
In Iceland, good food and even better company is a must when celebrating just about anything, and this is no exception on the run up to Lent.
This three-day celebration starts with Bolludagur, or Bun Day, where young children would decorate a short stick with colourful decoration to have their very own "bolludagsvöndur", or bun day wand. With this wand, they would playfully hit their parents screaming out "bolla, bolla, bolla!" or simply bun, bun, bun!
This playful exchange of whacking a grown up is rewarded with a delicious sweet treat, a cream bun filled with jam, topped with chocolate.
With bakeries all across the country offering these goods from the simple to the artisanal, to save some parents the hassle of making their own it is not uncommon to put in an advance order for these sought after goodies. It is commonly reported that an estimated one million Bolludagur buns are consumed each year, which is a lot considering a population of only 360,000!