16th December 2019

6 November – Gustaf Adolfsdagen (Gustavus Adolphus Day)

Today is Gustavus Adolphus Day (Swedish: Gustav Adolfs Dagen) and is celebrated in Sweden and some other countries on November 6 in memory of king Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden, who was killed on that date in 1632 at the Battle of Lützen i…n the Thirty Years’ War. The day is a general flag day in Sweden and in Finland but it is not generally celebrated in Scania in southern Sweden since Scania was part of Denmark at the time and Gustavus Adolphus II waged war on Denmark.
The celebration is especially popular in Gothenburg, which was founded by Gustavus Adolphus II, and in Uppsala, where he donated considerable funding to the University.
A special pastry is eaten on the day, the Gustavus Adolphus pastry with no standard recipe but always a chocolate or marzipan relief of that king on top. It was first created in the 1890s or in 1909 and, like the day itself, is particularly popular in Gothenburg.
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