Swedish 'kanelbulle' (Cinnamon bun).
Photo: Bengt Olof Åradsson

Cinnamon buns are an almost daily feature of Swedish life, but today, 4th October, is their special day. Celebrating Kanelbullens dag is relatively new – though it fits in perfectly with Swedish culture and tradition: there are a number of other days in which pastries play a significant roll, such as Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday) when the nation eats semla.

Cinnamon Bun Day was established in 1999 when staff at Sweden's Hembakningsrådet ('Home Baking Council') were looking for a way to celebrate their fortieth anniversary.

The idea behind the creation of the day was to celebrate Sweden's home baking tradition by highlighting a traditional and much-loved pastry. The autumn harvest is high season for baking in Swedish homes, so it was an ideal time of the year for a festive day with a baking theme.

Finally, very much in keeping with Swedish culture, it was considered important that the tradition should be something that everyone can participate in – a goal which has easily been reached: go into any bakery in Sweden today and you will find Cinnamon rolls in abundance!

Read more about cinnamon buns and how to make them at Sweden.se.