It is already chaos on the roads and then the snow hasn’t arrived yet. This is one of the absolute worst holidays when it comes to traffic so I always prefer to stay at home. So since the weather will be pretty nasty I won’t do anything than relaxing and eating I think 🙂 🙂 🙂
Easter is called Påsk in swedish (pronounce the å like the o in boring and You almost say it like we do 🙂 ) and our celebration is very much a mix between the Christian one and lots of folklore. The witch for instance is actually our most important easter symbol. Last night and today is the day the witches travel to Blåkulla, an island outside the east coast in southern Sweden. There they’ll have a big party with the devil. They will travel back home on the night towards easter day and then, in this region I live and almost only here, it is tradition to have huge bonfires burning and fireworks to scare them away 🙂 🙂 🙂
Most will travel by broom but it isn’t uncommon to travel by a big animal like cow or horse or by any bigger tree branch they can find. They normally bring a black cat and an old coffee pot made of copper. Many kids will dress up as witches (or if I translate the name right, easter hags 🙂 🙂 🙂 and boys like wizards now days thanks to harry Potter). Then they’ll walk around in the neighborhood wishing them a happy easter, sometimes giving away easter cards and then they’ll usually get candy in return. We only have one kid here and I doubt he’ll be walking around, he is way to shy 🙂
Many decorate their homes with (Påskris) twigs, like a bouquet, decorated with brightly colored feathers, small brightly colored plastic or paper eggs and easter hags. I couldn’t fins any feathers and forgot to buy new ones so I won’t have any påskris this year. Since easter is early and it is rather cold now most people will buy flowerpots with Easter lilies, You call them Daffodils. The food is very much the same as most holidays. Pickled herring, meatballs, prince sausages, salmon and so on but naturally we’ll have eggs in all variations as well 🙂
On easter eve all kids get an easter egg filled with candy 🙂 I do miss them and there’s no use for me to make one myself because I know I’ll eat all the candy before easter anyway 🙂 🙂 🙂 It is good easter eve is on a Saturday, because we have something we call Saturday candy. Most people try to keep their kids away from candy as much as possible (at least as long as they are young) But they do get candy on Saturdays, I’ve heard that this is a very swedish thing.
It is time for me to put in more fire logs in the stove. The wind is already strong and the temperature will drop tonight again. After that I’ll make myself a pot of tea and something to eat. I guess it will be a sandwich or two 🙂
Have a great day!