A blog from the University of Borås

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Easter Holiday

The Easter holiday is now upon us with Easter day being Sunday, April 12th. For some of you this might mean you will be celebrating a completely new holiday, and for others this might mean you will be experiencing a new Swedish twist to a holiday you have celebrated before.

Easter is traditionally a religious Christian holiday though in Sweden most of the religious elements have been removed. In modern Sweden it is common for people to gather with relatives and eat a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord consisting of potatoes, herring and salmon.

The children decorate eggs and go door-to-door dressed up as witches collecting candy in exchange for handing out pussy willows, which is an old orthodox tradition. Watch out for any visitors;)

Keep in mind that most stores will be closed for the entire Easter holiday.

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