Monday, May 24, 2010

Confirmations Skalkfest

 We were invited to our first skalkfest! "Skalk" means literally the heel of a loaf of bread, you know, the leftover piece at the end of the good slices. A skalkfest is a party to eat up the leftover cake from an earlier party. Seeing how this is a week for church confirmations, there is a lot of leftover cake and a lot of skalkfests.

Confirmation is big deal here in Norway. Nearly everyone gets confirmed, whether religious or not. Yes, traditionally confirmation means that you confirm your faith in the church and pledge to follow church teachings (a tall order for a teenager), however confirmations are open to all here in Norway. If you don't belong to a church, you can take confirmation courses through community groups where you have classes about morality and explore these issues, then there is a ceremony and parties and getting dressed up in your bunads and eating lots of cake.

So, today we when to our friends Kirsten and Roger's place. We feasted on fabulous ribs, played the obligatory round or two of Settlers of Catan, and ate a lot of very good cake. Mmmmm. They have a lot of costumes at their house, and while we played, the kids dressed up in different outfits and terrorized us. Here's Peter, Anna, and Anne-Catherine.

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