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A typical semla.

Fettisdagen (The Fat Tuesday) is the Swedish name for the Tuesday after the Quinquagesima and the day between Shrove Monday and Ash Wednesday. Because it is the last day before the Lenten fast, a tradition has developed of eating buns, called "fastlagsbullar", "fettisdagsbullar" (Fat Tuesday Buns) or "semla". The day is also called "White Tuesday" because the buns are made out of white flour.

The day is called "Mardi Gras" in France, "Carnaval" in the Netherlands, "laskiainen" in Finland, and "Fastelavn" in Denmark. In the UK it is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.

Year Date
2005 8 February
2006 28 February
2007 20 February
2008 5 February
2009 24 February
2010 16 February
2011 8 March
2012 21 February
2013 12 February
2014 4 March
2015 17 February
2016 9 February
2017 28 February
2018 13 February
2019 5 March
2020 24 February

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