Nordikids Celebrate Easter the Scandinavian Way
Nordikids & Nordik Folk met on Monday, April 3rd to decorate Feather Twigs & dress up like Easter Witches! Easter (Påsk) is a secular event in Sweden and the fact that many children dress up as witches gives a clear indication that the origins of the spring festival predate Christianity. Folklore alleges that witches flew off on broomsticks to dance with the devil at a legendary meadow named Blåkulla. On Maundy Thursday (skärtorsdag), you'll spot kids with painted faces and broomsticks. Some knock on doors asking for treats, much like American children do at Halloween. Regarding those Feather Branches...If you're invited to a Swedish lunch at a summer house (lucky you) or elsewhere, you might be wondering why on earth there are vases filled with bunches of twigs covered in feathers. In fact, Swedes have been decorating small birch tree branches like this since the 1800s. These originally served as a reminder of Christ’s suffering and children would pretend to lash each other with them on Good Friday. Nowadays the feathers tend to be brightly colored and tend to remain on the table.
Our Nordikids went to town! Here are some photos...
And our EASTER WITCHES