Happy Easter! Glad Påsk!

Easter Traditions in Sweden: the Thursday before Easter is Skärtorsdag. On that day, children dress like witches and travel the neighborhood knocking on doors and asking for candy. In typical Scandinavian fashion it marks the incorporation of pagan celebrations into Christian tradition. In pagan times people believed that all witches flew on that day to Blåkulla (Blue Hill) in order to meet with Satan. In order to hinder that, villagers used to hide brooms, the main mode of transportation. Nowadays, the tradition of dressing as ‘Easter Witches’ (Påskkärringar) is Sweden’s answer to Halloween.