PYP celebrates Fastelavn

Fastelavn is celebrated in most Scandinavian countries seven weeks before Easter Day. This year, Fastelavn falls on Sunday, February 14. At Fastelavn, children in Denmark dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating and they  “knock the cat out of the barrel” (or in Danish, "Slå katten af tønden") with a bat. In the old times, a real black cat was put in a barrel as a symbol of evil, and beating the barrel until it broke and chasing the cat away symbolised demolishing evil and chasing it away.

Our Danish teacher Mr Sten has recorded this short video to tell us more about the origins and traditions of Fastelavn: 

At ISH, the day started with a short online assembly for all PYP classes and parents. During the assembly, Mr Sten explained the history of Fastelavn to the students and described how he celebrated the day as a child. We watched video messages where members of the community shared their experiences of Fastelavn and we got to play a fun 'Guess the Teacher' game where Mr Fleet showed photos of teachers dressed up for Fastelavn in previous years and we had to guess the teacher. The online assembly ended with a video recording of our Pre-K classes performing a Fastelavn song in Danish:

Fastelavn er mit navn,
boller vil jeg have.
Hvis jeg ingen boller får,
så laver jeg ballade.
Boller op, boller ned
boller i min mave.
Hvis jeg ingen boller får,
så laver jeg ballade.

Following the assembly, the celebration and festivities continued in the classrooms. Thanks to our Danish teachers for organizing the day and looking fabulous in their costumes!