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I was thinking, why not share some Easter traditions with you all. Of course all these are not exactly Finnish traditions since I am Finnish, but not Finnish by blood. I am a Swedish speaking Finn, but they are not Swedish traditions either. Since not all of us came from Sweden, we were German merchants and Dutch miners, and so on. They traditions are how we made them, and how others forgot them, or changed them. And they differ from the north to the south, from village to village. So in the end this is the tradition from my village. I do not want to talk for the whole people even if things are the same.
It all starts during Easter Week when we decorate with treebranches that later bloom, Easter grass and the usual chickens and such.
On Thursday the witches leave for "Bluehill" to dance with the devil so you better stay inside then.
On Friday we do nothing.
On Saturday Morning the Easter rooster has laid some eggs filled with candy, yum!
Do forgive him, he is usually not so serious looking.
Of course my boyfriend, who is from the same area, but is an islander tells me that this is not true. It is actually on Sunday it all happens. And it is the Easter bunny that brings eggs and puts them in rubberboots, but that is just plain silly. Those islanders ;)
On Saturday the children dress up as Easter witches. The children have their little teapots and walk from house to house getting candy. The Finnish traditions is to have those branches and give them to people. We never did.
To dress up like that which is evil is always a good idea to scare away everything dark that is around during this day.
When we have Easter dinner we eat memma/mämmi. It is made from rye flour and malt.
Yes I know it looks totally gross, and trust me, looks like cowshit. I never eat it. People either love it or hate it.
And then later we watch Easter bonfires.
And do not forget to paint some Easter eggs.