Eastern in Sweden, daffodils, Easter eggs, sweets, Påskmust, feathers and witches
Easter celebrations have begun in Sweden with lots of colourful feathers, decorative eggs and even some witches....On Maundy Thursday, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, headscarves and rosy red cheeks and enjoy trick or treating in the neighbourhood. This remembers the legend that on that day in old times, witches flew to Blåkulla (blue mountain) to meet the devil!
Easter Saturday is time for a treasure hunt to find the painted boiled eggs, chocolate eggs and other sweets in the shape of traditional spring symbols like rabbits and chickens. Sweets are usually carried in large decorated cardboard eggs.
It is not just a time for children and adults can enjoy the specially brewed Easter beer (Påsköl) which is typically a stronger, wheaty brew to be enjoyed with a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord of herring, salmon and of course meatballs!
Daffodils, eggs, sweets, Påskmust, feathers and witches are necessary Easter items in Sweden.
Eggs in all varieties are filling Swedish homes, egg producers most egg selling time during the whole year.
Easter (Påsk) celebrations are a special time to welcome in the spring and Swedish families decorate their houses with birch branches decorated with brightly coloured feathers.
Children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, headscarves and rosy red cheeks and enjoy trick or treating in the neighbourhood, so better have some sweets, cookies or fruits at home.
Easter wizard and Easter witch in Skattungbyn, a small village in Dalarna, Sweden.
By tradition Swed’s by paper eggs and fill them with the children’s favourite sweets. The Easter bunny hides the egg in the garden or house and the children have to find it.
Swedish Påskmust (similar to Cola, but no caffeine, and based an old secret recipe loved by both children and adults and selling more than Cola during Easter) is a must at Easter. Easter is the time where Swedish shops sell the most sweets during the year, 2 million kilo sweets! Chocolate and marzipan is also a tradition, and the trend is more and more dark chocolate.
Easter decorations are popular.
Cute fluffy Swedish Easter chicks waiting to be brought home for the spring time.
Bild: Claudia Nordström & Peter J Funk
Text: Laxmi Rao