The Great Prayer Day or Store Bededag in Danish, is held this year on Friday 27th April and is a tradition we'll be celebrating in our Cardiff bakery.
You'll be very pleased to know it involves eating buns or hveder! The buns will be on sale today and tomorrow, Thurs 26th and Friday 27th.
The buns (hveder) are best enjoyed toasted and buttered.
During Great Prayer Day, Danes traditionally enjoy a national holiday where they pray on the Friday. Enterprising bakers who had the Friday off would make and sell the buns on Thursday to be warmed up and eaten the next day.
Great Prayer Day Facts
- It is always held on the fourth Friday after Easter.
- The idea for Great Prayer Day came from Hans Bagger, a bishop in Roskilde from 1675 to 1693. He implemented three additional days for praying and fasting into a calendar already full of holy days.
- Great Prayer Day was born as the additional days were too time consuming and it was instituted into law by King Christian V in 1686.
- The tradition of eating warm buns on Great Prayer Day has remained although it has shifted to eating them on the evening before.
We hope you like them!