ANDERSONVILLE — The Swedish American Museum is hosting a feast to celebrate a holiday that is now "mostly all about waffles," despite its Biblical origins, according to the museum.
The Swedish holiday of Waffle Day is Monday, and the museum is observing it with — what else? — servings of heart-shaped waffles topped with berries and whipped cream for $5 a plate, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This feast of waffles has roots in a Biblical story.
The feast date, March 25, is exactly nine months before Christmas, and coincides with Annunciation Day (Bebådelsedagen in Swedish), a holiday celebrated by Christians in many countries to commemorate the story of how Archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus.
The Swedes originally called the holiday Our Lady Day, which is Vårfrudagen in Swedish, the museum said.
"It was often pronounced in various dialects as 'Våfferdagen' and ultimately as 'Våffeldagen.' Thus, the Swedish holiday of Waffle Day originated," the museum explained in a release.
Reservations for the feast can be made by calling 773-728-8111, or visiting the Swedish American Museum website.