Fastelavn / Shrovetide / lent
“Fastelavn”, an old Danish tradition translatet as “Shrovetide” , – I´m not familiar with this word and don´t know if it explain correct. This day was the last day before 40 days with lent (faste), ending at the start of easter. Today Fastelavn is celebrated by children with a carnival, and a competition in making a wooden barrel fall into pieces so to say, called “slå katten af tønden”, which in translation is something like “beat the cat out of the barrel”. It is told that there was a cat inside in the old days. The barrel is filled with candy and oranges, the one who break the barrel will be called cat-queen, the one who remove the last piece of wood will be cat king. Beside the honour, they will get a crown.