If you’ve followed our Easter posts for this year, you’ll have noticed what a big thing food is during Easter. You’ve learned how to make Maultaschen and you know what to expect when visiting Ukraine during this time of year. In this article, you’ll get a glimpse of the most important Easter celebrations for each of the Nordic traditions.
OK, here we go:
1. The Swedish-speaking tradition
I start right at home with the “påskris” – a nice decoration feature that we have for Easter. First off, I have to admit that this type of thing is found in other countries as well, but it’s the most important non-food related Easter tradition still upheld by most Swedish speakers. What distinguishes our tradition from the others are the colourful feathers and that we only use birch and/or osier branches.
2. The Finnish-speaking tradition
Continuing east, Finns (also the Swedish-speaking ones) enjoy the Easter holidays through their stomachs. Our most distinctive dish is the “mämmi” (or “memma” in Swedish). It may not look like much, or not like something you would eat, but served with sugar and cream (or milk if you’re watching your weight), it’s awesome and the No. 1 Easter dessert.
3. The Icelandic tradition
Another common feature for Easter around the world is eggs. We already heard about the Ukrainian egg game yesterday, but the people of Iceland take this fun and games to a whole other level by rolling their painted eggs down a hill and hoping for them not to break. This is the only place in the Nordic countries where this tradition is still alive, but there are different variants of this game also in other countries.
4. The Norwegian tradition
In Norway, it’s important to be around your loved ones during the Easter celebrations. For most people, this means going to their “hytte” in the mountains. Apart from skiing and hopefully enjoying the nice weather, they also tune in to a new game of pop quiz – so called “påskenøtter” – on the telly every day.
5. The Danish tradition
Giving each other letters and greetings for Easter is a common Nordic thing, but none are as sweet as the Danish “gaekkebrev”. This anonymous letter is a kind of Scandinavian origami the way it’s symmetrically cut. The task for the receiver is to guess the sender and to then reward this person – perhaps with a chocolate egg.
So now all that’s left for me is to wish you all:
Glad påsk! Hyvää Pääsiäistä! Gleðilega páska! God påske (x2)!