Many places around the world celebrate Easter – ‘påsk’ as we say in Sweden. It is, as Christmas, a way to celebrate Jesus, but this time because of his death and resurrection.
One might think that this should be celebrated in a calm, beautiful and very Christian way – as it surely is in many countries. But swedes are a bit different. I wonder who actually got all of these ideas for Easter celebration…
Ok – so now I guess you would like to know what is really going on in Sweden during this holiday?
So, Easter is all about eggs. We do everything with eggs. We eat them, we hide them, we colour them and we stuff them with candy, well, carbon eggs at least. We put small yellow chickens everywhere and colorful feathers in trees. And then we have ‘påskharen’ (the Easter bunny), he is the one hiding all the candy stuffed eggs, so that the children can go look for them.
Come to think about it – Easter is at least as much about candy, as eggs. We actually put them both together and make chocolate eggs and sugar-candy eggs – genious!
As we are talking about candy – we even dress our kids up as ‘påsk kärringar’ (Easter hags) – why we call them ‘påsk kärringar’ is a question, as they are really supposed to be ‘häxor’ (witches). Someone kind of mixed it up a bit and realized that Easter is not only about Jesus and his resurrection – it is also the time of year when the witches take their black cat, broom stick and coffee pot and fly to ‘Blåkulla’ (the blue hills).
Anyway – when we’ve dressed our kids up, we send them to all the neighbours giving out small homemade cards asking for candy in return. Because the candy that they get in their carbon egg from ‘påskharen’ is not enough.
Easter food is the same as on the Christmas smorgasbord – I mean, why bother to change a winning concept? The only difference is the name of the black soda – ‘julmust’ for Christmas and ‘påskmust’ for Easter. It is the exact same drink, but it has to, of course, have the name of the right holiday.