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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Traditions

Some of my ancestral countries have special Easter traditions.


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 In Germany, it is traditional to decorate trees or bushes with Easter eggs. Branches are also decorated indoors. A German Easter egg tree is called an Ostereierbaum.

 Image by Immanuel Giel (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wells and fountains are also decorated with Easter eggs. They are called Osterbrunnen.

The following links contain more information on German Easter traditions:
Easter egg tree
Easter in Germany
German Easter Traditions


Image by Susann Schweden (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (])], via Wikimedia Commons

In Sweden, birch twigs are decorated with feathers (påskris). Children dress up as witches (påskkärringar), go to houses in their neighborhood, and give out drawings in exchange for candy. Swedish Easter eggs (påskägget) are made of paper or plastic and have chickens on them, and are filled with candy.

The following links contain more information on Swedish Easter traditions:
Easter (
Happy Easter! A Swedish Easter: The symbols, the food, the traditions..
The History Behind Decorating Birch Twigs for Easter in Sweden  


In Norway, it used to be traditional to travel, frequently to the mountains.  Fewer people now go away at Easter. Påskekrim (Easter Crime) has become popular; people read crime stories, and crime series are produced for radio and television. Oranges and Kvikk Lunsj candy bars are popular foods at Easter.

The following links contain more information on Norwegian Easter traditions:
A brief history of the Kvikk Lunsj phenomenon
Easter in Norway - from church pews to mountain peaks
Introduction to Påske Traditions in Norway
Påskekrim: Why Crime Story on Easter?

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