The Deal With Cinnamon in Denmark

A good reason not to be single and 25 in Denmark….brought to you by our friend Allison over at Our House in Aarhus!

Our House in Aarhus

(Stick with the video until they get through the introduction. It’s worth it to see the guy get covered in cinnamon.)


So it turns out that the piles of cinnamon we’ve been seeing around are the result of a Danish birthday tradition. If you reach the age of 25 and are still single, you get doused in handfuls of cinnamon. (Sometimes it’s much more than handfuls, as you will see if you watch the videos in the links below.)

If you turn 30 and are still single, you get covered in pepper. (Or maybe you’re just given some pepper in a pepper shaker, people disagree a little bit on how this ritual is enacted.)

This post on the Huffington Post travel blog claims that the birthday ritual dates back to the time of traveling spice salesmen, who often remained bachelors because they traveled so much. And it has a video…

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