Today or in the days to come children (and adults) '
slår katten af tønden' - hit the cat out of the barrel.
Almost like using a piñata - and it is also full of candy -
and fruit etc. Historically there was a real black cat
in the barrel, and beating the barrel was superstitiously
considered a safeguard against evil. The one who knocks
down the bottom of the barrel (making all the candy
spill out) becomes kattedronning (queen of cats); the
one who knocks down the last piece of the barrel becomes
kattekonge (king of cats).