Fastelavn: The Danish Carnival

by Tina on February 28, 2014

in Celebrations, Denmark, family

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Denmark is gearing up for Fastelavn, or what some call a Danish Carnival.  We had never heard of fastelavn before moving to Denmark, so we found it to be very interesting to suddenly be thrust into a new holiday.  It is a little like American Halloween where all of the kids get dressed up in costumes but rather than going door to door for candy, the kids line up to take a turn beating a barrel with a stick, like a piñata, hoping they will be the one to spill out all of the candy.

Our kids’ school really gets into it and today our kids woke up a little early just so they could get dressed up before their big debut on the school’s cat walk.  There are prizes for best costume and more, so today when I dropped them off there were kids coming in dressed like a thanksgiving feast, a fairy, and much more.  One of the best parts about moving to another country is that you get double the holidays to celebrate and I know Fastelavn is one that my kids are happy to enjoy each year.

This time, I let them decide what they would get dressed up as and Hailey chose to be a nerd, while Parker opted to be a businessman.  They both said it was okay for me to show you their outfits and I’m so glad because I thought they looked adorable! Here are my nerd and my businessman…

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Photography: Tina Fussell

Outfits: Hailey: Shirt and Sweater: Ralph Lauren, Skirt: Abercrombie, Socks: Gap, Shoes & Glasses: H&M

Parker: Jacket: Brooks Brothers, Shirt: Zara, Tie: H&M, Converse: Famous Footwear, Briefcase: Land of Nod

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Papou February 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Cute nerds!


Tina March 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Thanks! :-)


Andreia March 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

The same happened here yesterday morning: they all woke up early than usual to get dressed properly for theoccasion. They love Carnival celebration at school.


Tina March 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Aww! How fun that we were all celebrating at the same time! I love that!


angie March 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Aww super cute! What a great festival to celebrate in the run up to spring! :-)


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