Semla & Fettisdagen
I went to Galleria with a friend yesterday and found that many people lining up in front of Coop, a Semgrocery store, for particular buns. While we were walking back, there was a booth on shopping pathway, in front of a bakery, displaying that particular buns. We looked and talked to each other inquisitively what was going here, was there any special occasion? Should we buy it too? It seemed many people paid attention and bought them. So, this morning I checked Wikipedia and found the answer.
Yesterday was the day that Christian celebrated Mardi Gras (in French) or Fat Tuesday (in English). Mardi Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the final day of Carnival. It is a celebration that is held just before the beginning of the Christian liturgical of Lent; the period of forty days before Easter, during which Christians give up something that they enjoy.
In Sweden this is called Fettisdagen. It comes from the word fett (fat) and tisdag (Tuesday). Originally, this was the only day one should eat Semlor (Semla) (fat Tuesday buns), but these are now found in most grocery stores and bakeries preceding the holiday, and up until Easter.
So that particular bun is called Semla consisting of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off and insides scooped out and then filled with a mix of the scooped out bread crumbs, milk and almond paste, topped off with whipped cream. The cut-off top is then put back as a lid and dusted with icing sugarThey remove the top of the bun and replace with thick whip creme.
Source from Wikipedia