‘Påskkärringar’ : Swedish Easter

On the Thursday before the Easter weekend, it is a Swedish tradition for children to dress up as ‘Påskkärringar’ (Easter witches), and knock on people’s doors giving out homemade cards and wishing them ‘Glad Påsk’ (Happy Easter), in return for sweets.
Historically the ‘witches’ were said to have flown on their broomsticks to ‘Blåkulla’, an island off the Baltic Sea, to have a feast with the devil on Maundy Thursday. The story came about in the 17th C, with the tradition of children going around dressed up as witches becoming popular around 1800.
Alfie and Ted spent Thursday afternoon making cards…

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…before setting off on their walk around the neighbourhood with their friend Lilly…

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Leon understandably feels too old for this now, but poor Maya became unwell just hours before, which is a shame because next year she might just feel too old as well.
Despite this, you can see that Alfie and Ted thoroughly enjoyed themselves! 😊

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2 thoughts on “‘Påskkärringar’ : Swedish Easter

  1. I believe that the first post of yours I ever saw was about this. I was fascinated. It seems like such a different tone to Swedish Easter than American Easter. Sort of like a cross between Halloween and Easter. Fascinating!

    • How lovely that you’ve been following us for all that time and you remember this event as the first post you read! Thank you for taking the time to spend time with us! 🙂
      Yes, the Swedish traditions are still very apparent, and there are so many of them! Many I think come from Pagan times – though I did read somewhere that this was something to do with Judas betraying Jesus, and a great feast with all the ‘evil’ folk (on the same day as the last supper)…but I can’t be sure as there is only one account I have read of this.

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