About National Cinnamon Bun Day
Every year on October 4th, Sweden celebrates National Cinnamon Bun Day. Known as "Kanelbullens dag" in Swedish, this day is dedicated to one of the country's most beloved pastries, the cinnamon bun.
Cinnamon buns, or "kanelbullar" in Swedish, are a type of sweet pastry that is made with yeast dough, cinnamon, sugar, and butter. They are often served warm and topped with a glaze or pearl sugar. Cinnamon buns are a staple in Swedish culture and are enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.
The origins of National Cinnamon Bun Day can be traced back to 1999, when the Swedish Home Baking Council decided to establish a day dedicated to celebrating this delicious pastry. The council wanted to promote home baking and encourage people to make their own cinnamon buns.
Since then, National Cinnamon Bun Day has become a popular holiday in Sweden. Bakeries and cafes across the country prepare thousands of cinnamon buns in anticipation of the day. Many workplaces and schools also participate by hosting cinnamon bun parties or bake-offs.
One of the unique features of National Cinnamon Bun Day is the "bullens dag" (the bun's day) challenge, which was introduced in 2012. The challenge involves taking a selfie with a cinnamon bun and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #bullensdag. Participants are then entered into a contest to win prizes, such as a year's supply of cinnamon buns or baking equipment.
In addition to being a fun and delicious holiday, National Cinnamon Bun Day also has a charitable component. Many bakeries and cafes donate a portion of their cinnamon bun sales to local charities or organizations.
While National Cinnamon Bun Day is primarily celebrated in Sweden, it has also gained popularity in other countries. In the United States, some bakeries and cafes hold special events or promotions to celebrate the day. Cinnamon buns have also become a popular pastry in many other parts of the world, thanks in part to the popularity of National Cinnamon Bun Day.
Whether you're in Sweden or another part of the world, take some time on October 4th to enjoy a delicious cinnamon bun and appreciate the art of home baking.