Springtime in Scandinavia! It's like nature's grand wake-up call, where everything from the tiniest bud to the chirpiest chick is bursting with excitement for warmer days ahead. And what better way to celebrate this season of renewal than with some egg-cellent Easter traditions? 

In Finland, a cherished Easter tradition involves planting what's affectionately known as "rairuoho" or Easter grass. This delightful greenery isn't just a simple patch of lawn – it's a canvas for creativity! Once the grass sprouts, it's lovingly decorated with colourful eggs, chocolate treats or charming little furry chicks. 


Another important preparation for Easter is decorating willow twigs with feathers and colourful ribbons. These twigs are essential for another tradition... Picture this - a parade of little witches, not the spooky kind, mind you, but the adorable, freckle-faced variety! These pint-sized sorcerers deck themselves out in vibrant attire, armed with willow twigs and a mission: to banish those evil spirits and score some sweet treats in return!  A tradition steeped in both charm and community spirit.


Påsk (Easter in Swedish) is primarily a family-centered holiday in Sweden. Similarly to Finland, children often dress up as witches. They present their artwork to neighbors and relatives in exchange for sweets, akin to trick-or-treating during Halloween. Families gather together in homes or holiday cottages to enjoy quality time and celebrate the onset of spring. Traditional Easter decorations include colorful eggs and spring flowers.


Norwegians have a unique tradition of indulging in crime novels over Easter, along with enjoying time with family and friends. Yellow is the color of Easter, with homes decorated with eggs and bunnies. Cross-country skiing, oranges, chocolate, and board games are also part of the Norwegian Easter experience.

Danish families come together for a big Easter lunch and engage in traditions like painting eggs, egg hunts, and rolling eggs downhill. Easter signifies the end of winter and the promise of spring, with many families heading to the countryside or summerhouses to celebrate.


Easter in Iceland spans five days, with Thursday and Friday being public holidays. Travel is common during this time. Icelandic Easter eggs, a more recent addition, are filled with candy, prizes, and sometimes proverbs. It's a time for relaxation, adventure, and enjoying the holiday season.

So across Scandinavia, Easter is a time for communities to come together, celebrate the arrival of spring, and create lasting memories with loved ones. These diverse traditions reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region and highlight the importance of family, faith, and seasonal rituals.

Whichever way you celebrate this spring holiday, may your Easter be filled with joy, laughter, and plenty of chocolatey goodness! Happy Easter, everyone!

- Hannele



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