The Battle between Carnival and Lent, c.1600 - c.1620', manner of Jheronimus Bosch; symbolic details include the piper, personifying carnival; fishes, symbolising Lent. (Rijksmuseum)

The Battle between Carnival and Lent, c.1600 - c.1620', manner of Jheronimus Bosch; symbolic details include the piper, personifying carnival; fishes, symbolising Lent. (Rijksmuseum)

Licitars, decorative mirrored gingerbread hearts, a symbol of Croatia and of love. (Photo: Flickr/Helen Soteriou)

Decorative Gingerbread Hearts Are a Symbol of Croatia

Licitars, decorative mirrored gingerbread hearts, a symbol of Croatia and of love. (Photo: Flickr/Helen Soteriou)

The Kipferl, or Viennese croissant, which may symbolise a crescent moon (click through for more). (Pic: Helen Soteriou via The Daily Meal)

The Viennese Croissant

The Kipferl, or Viennese croissant, which may symbolise a crescent moon (click through for more). (Pic: Helen Soteriou via The Daily Meal)

Laterne, Laterne - Sonne, Mond und Weckmann; Weckmänner for Sankt Martin/St Martin's Day in Germany.

Laterne, Laterne - Sonne, Mond und Weckmann; Weckmänner for Sankt Martin/St Martin's Day in Germany.

Pepperkakebyen i Bergen, the annually constructed gingerbread town in Bergen, Norway, constructed every Christmas.  (© visitBergen.no)

Pepperkakebyen i Bergen, the annually constructed gingerbread town in Bergen, Norway, constructed every Christmas. (© visitBergen.no)

Cygnes chantilly, choux pastry swans filled with Chantilly cream.

Cygnes chantilly, choux pastry swans filled with Chantilly cream.

Barefoot Contessa's palmers (palm leaf) or elephant's ear pastries.

Barefoot Contessa's Palmiers (Elephant Ear) Cookies

Katsukawa Shunshō | The Fourth Ichikawa Danjuro as a Yakko (servant) seated upon a Large Cake of Mochi Prepared for the New Year Celebration, 1772 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Katsukawa Shunshō | The Fourth Ichikawa Danjuro as a Yakko (servant) seated upon a Large Cake of Mochi Prepared for the New Year Celebration, 1772 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Australian Women's Weekly Dolly Varden Cake

Australian Women's Weekly Dolly Varden Cake

The Australian Womens Weekly Dolly Varden cake recipe is great for birthday cakes for little girls. This recipe uses a special tin and pan to bake.

The Ricotta-eaters, 1580, Vincenzo Campi, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon; the ricotta appears in the form of a skull, making this in part a vanitas painting.

The Ricotta-eaters, 1580, Vincenzo Campi, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon; the ricotta appears in the form of a skull, making this in part a vanitas painting.

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