Swedish Waffle Day: A Delicious Misunderstanding at the American Swedish Historical Museum

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
United States

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, the American Swedish Historical Museum will celebrate Waffle Day with some freshly baked Swedish waffles served with whipped cream, strawberry jam and, of course, coffee. 

This delicious tradition, celebrated every year on March 25, originates from a misunderstanding. The original Christian celebration on that day, Annunciation Day, in Swedish is called Vårfrudagen, which sounded very much like the word Våffeldagen, meaning Waffle Day.

To keep the tradition alive Swedes have waffles on March 25, even though the Annunciation Day is held on the Sunday closest to the 25th. Waffle Day is also considered one of the official starts of the spring season in Sweden. It has become a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by indulging in crispy heart-shaped waffles with whipped cream and jam.


  • General admission -- $10; includes Museum admission, waffles and a beverage

Pay at the door or register online. For more information, call the Museum at (215) 389 -1776. 

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