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Icelanders consume one million cream buns on Bun Day!

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  • Delicious treats Local bakers produce an estimated one million Bolludagur-buns each year. Photo/Anton Brink

Today Icelanders celebrate Bolludagur!

Bolludagur, which translates directly to “Bun day”, was originally a Danish or Norwegian tradition which Icelanders began to celebrate in the late 19th century. Great amount of sweet cream buns, filled with jam and topped with delicious chocolate, are consumed on this day. Local bakers produce an estimated one million Bolludagur-buns each year – and that for a nation of 330 thousand!

Read more: Bolludagur, Sprengidagur and Öskudagur: Three days of over-indulgence

Young children will often create colourful wands with which they’ll smack their parent’s bottom while crying “bolla, bolla, bolla!” (“bun, bun, bun”). The parent is then expected to reward the child with a bun – one bun for each blow to the bottom. 

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