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Check the local newspaper to find your local churches’ cat-bashing event

In all Danish municipalities free local newspapers are distributed weekly or can be picked up at the near-by grocery store. Despite being only in Danish, they may be quite helpful to find cat bashing events at your neighbourhood’s  churches on 23 February.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

With a few key words, you should be all set to find out what they say.

Fastelavnsbørnegudstjeneste = Fastelavn’s church service for children – meaning the whole event is based on the children – only a short service and they will go very quickly to the bashing of the barrel all the children are waiting for.

Tøndeslagning – this means that there will be barrel bashing, they could also write, slå katten af tønden på søndag, bash the cat of out the barrel on Sunday.

They may describe that the event is for free – arrangementet er gratis – meaning it is a free event. A small fee may be required if food and drink is served. Typically between DKK 20 and 30 / per person.

When it takes place will also be in  “det sker fra 10:30 til 13:30 – meaning the event starts at 10:30 and ends at 13:30. Det koster 20 kr. pr person means it costs DKK 20 per person.

They may write that there will be buns, fastelavnsboller. It will most likely be the light version, so not too much cream inside, but more like the Danish pastry, Wienerbrød.

Many local churches offer the barrel bashing, tøndeslagning,  after a short service, followed by  the famous bun.

Good luck with finding cat bashing events in your local area – and remember to dress up your children!

Costumes are typically not Halloween style ones, but less scary, often characters from fairytales or your children’s heros.

Last year someone even made a cup cake costume for their offspring!

Read also our article on the meaning of Fastelavn and the Copenhagen church events here: