the sunday before lent is called "sledding day" (other activities heartily enjoyed on this day are: snowball fights, fort creating, snowman making). weve had tons of snow lately, some every day (apparently this isnt exactly normal weather) and for sunday we got an additional layer of the perfect kind of wet snow that is great for snowballs and snowmen. it was quite fun seeing everyone out enjoying themselves.
a couple days after that is "fat tuesday", which is called laskiainen here. its generally acknowledged by eating green pea soup and a pastry called laskiaispulla (a sweet bread filled with whipped cream and jam or almond paste). im calling them "paczki light".