Easter is soon here! As Scandinavian Minimall’s founders are Swedish we thought we would do a short introduction to some Swedish Easter traditions, in case you're curious.
"Easter" in Swedish is called Påsk, and originates from the Hebrew word for pasach which in English means Passover. In Sweden, traditions around Påsk include egg decorating and children dressing up as Påsk witches on the Holy Thursday. Kids then go from house to house presenting the neighbours with self made drawings which they give away in the hope of getting sweets or money in return. Not dissimilar to trick or treat around Halloween in the UK or US, in other words.
In some Swedish homes you will see Easter decorations, including colourful feathers on birch twigs. Typical Påsk festivities revolve around lunch or dinner on Easter Saturday with a traditional smörgåsbord, including pickled herring, gravad salmon, potatoes, eggs, small sausages and lots of other kinds of food.
Last but not least is the Easter egg. Each family member has their own egg to find, hidden somewhere in the house. Most likely it is full of sweets but more recently I think you can find all sorts of small gifts in your Easter egg.