It's the season to rejoice as Christmas and New Year is right around the corner. Streets and households across the world are decked up with decorations and lights, and the smell of freshly baked goodies wafts through the air. The pandemic may have brought a shift in how we celebrate festivals, but the festive spirit is intact nevertheless! A gingerbread house baking competition organised in Sweden captured the essence of festivities in the Coronavirus era in the most relatable way possible. Take a look at the unique creations here.
The exhibition is usually held in Sweden's Museum of Architecture and Design, but was moved online this year due to the pandemic. Swedish bakers found some amazing ways to incorporate the unique quirks of the pandemic year into the gingerbread house creations. One baker, for instance, made a gingerbread house featuring Santa Claus chatting on Skype with three little piglets. Another house showed two gingerbread men sitting six feet apart as per social distancing norms. Virtual calls between families and relatives were also prominently featured.
There were a number of other interesting entries which featured popular news items and recent events across the world. One such gingerbread creation showed Greta Thunberg with her school strike for climate placard at Stockholm's Arlanda airport, alongside planes grounded by the virus. A baker also recreated the face of Sweden's Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell - widely known as the architect of the country's 'light-touch' pandemic strategy.
The idea of the entire contest and exhibition was to encourage citizens to practise social distancing and safety measures, especially during the festive season.