The Christmas presents have been unwrapped, the fireworks have been set off, the Three Kings have been at the door... then you know it's time for worstenbroden en appelbollen!

The date of  'Verloren Maandag' is determined each year according to a set calculation. Hold on tight: every first Monday after the Sunday after 'Driekoningen' is the day. The day when we eat worstenbroden and appelbollen en masse. But where does the tradition come from? There are several stories about the origin of this tradition. It is certain that appelbollen and worstenbroden are a typical Flemish tradition. Especially the province of Antwerp continues to consume these delicious calorie bombs assiduously. The origin of the name remains a great mystery.

We list the four most likely explanations for you.

1. Medieval oath-taking

In the late Middle Ages, "Lost Monday" would also have been called "Sworn Monday. On that day, many officials took the oath. This was celebrated elaborately, which meant that very little work went on. A lost working day, or 'Lost Monday'. A sausage roll or as we call it a "worstenbrood" was then a budget-friendly snack to serve during the festivities.

2. To quench the thirst

In the 18th century, the guilds always organized their New Year's celebration - here it comes again - on the Monday after the first Sunday after Epiphany. The guild members went from door to door to personally wish everyone a happy New Year. No work was done on this day either, which would explain the name "Lost Monday. In this case, the sausage roll was an invention of café owners to make the guild members who stopped by with New Year's wishes consume more. The salty roll made them more thirsty so they ordered more drinks.

3. Unsalable meat and bread

According to others, the name has its origins in the port of Antwerp. The dock workers were allowed to drink on that day at the expense of the nation's bosses according to good tradition. To that they were given a hot snack, a combination of unsalable, or lost, meat, and bread. Hence the name "lost Monday. "

4. For charity

A final explanation is that Antwerp workers lavished their wages on the feast day Epiphany, leaving almost nothing left on the following Monday. Butchers and cafes showed their good hearts and gave sausage rolls - cheap, tasty and filling - to the workers. Consequently, that day the butchers made a loss, making it a "lost Monday".


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