Pre Påsk Preparation

 

Swedes decorate  for Easter with feathers and witches.  The twigs, known as påskris, are typically birch twigs, that are collected before Palm Sunday.  The twigs are a tradition from many years ago of beating ! children and servants on Good Friday.  The beatings were thought to be a tangible reminder of the suffering Christ experienced.  The twigs may also have been considered a substitute for the palms laid down for Jesus on Palm Sunday.  Today, religion appears to play little role in the Easter activities, but as you can tell from these pictures, the old traditions are embraced.

A Påsk decorated balcony in Arvika

A Påsk decorated balcony in Arvika

 

 

Downtown Arvika decorated for Easter.  The library is in the background.

Downtown Arvika decorated for Easter. The library is in the background.

 

A downtown store front

A downtown store front

 

Someone called the city and expressed concern over the plucking of live chickens for the feathers.

Someone called the city and expressed concern over the plucking of live chickens for the feathers.

 

Idrotts Hall (Sports Hall)

Idrotts Hall (Sports Hall)

 

Solberg school decorated for Easter

Solberg school decorated for Easter

 

Recognize these?

Recognize these?

The origins of the Påsk witch can be found in Maundy Thursday.  On this day,  witches snuck into homes and took brooms.  Dampers were shut and doors locked.  The witches flew to Blue Mountain, thought to be in Iceland somewhere,  to consort with the devil.  The burning of  “witches” was common until the 1700’s. The Saturday before Easter, girls and women dress up as witches and deliver a Påskbrev to family and friends.  The letter is addressed to the receiver at  Blue Mountain.  The next post will include a picture of the letters.  The Saturday of Easter weekend is the day of celebration in Sweden.

Påsk witch

Påsk witch

 

Maria, Emily (doing a practicum) and Anna Lena

Maria, Emily (doing a practicum) and Anna Lena. Lily's class dressed as witches the Thursday before Easter. They also had a sale of easter items (letters, eggs, goodies) they had made and made over $600! The plan is for a party. Should be some party!

 

Korpen (the Raven) organization, of Arvika Kommun hosted an event downtown before Easter.  The Korpen was important in the ’70’s providing recreation for adults.  Lily and I went with Camilla, Anders and Leia.  

We bought the two activities available.  One was number gird that you filled in with numbers found at each site.  The second was a question and answer form.

We bought the two activities available. One was number gird that you filled in with numbers found at each site. The second was a question and answer form.

 

This type of sign was posted throughout the town.  The question part is on the top and the numbers, your goal being three in a row, are on the bottom.

This type of sign was posted throughout the town. The question part is on the top and the numbers, your goal being three in a row, are on the bottom.

 

Map of Arvika with the sites marked.

Map of Arvika with the sites marked. It was a nice walk on a sunny day.

 

Our family at a sign.

Our family at a sign. The young boy was not with us, he is, however, one of my students. Nice guy.

 

Dinner on Friday at Connie and Karin's house.  Connie is holding Whiskey shots.  You CAN NOT drive in Sweden with alcohol over .2.  One strong beer and your walk'in.  Actually, we take turns drinking when we go out. Clarification:  I have a glass of wine and Kurt enjoys the beer.  Kurt got the whiskey shot.

Dinner on Friday at Connie and Karin's house. Connie is holding Whiskey shots. You CAN NOT drive in Sweden with alcohol over .2. One strong beer and you are a walk'in. Actually, we take turns drinking when we go out. Clarification: I have a glass of wine and Kurt enjoys the beer. Kurt got the whiskey shot.

 

Stina is Connie's feisty mother.

Stina is Connie's feisty mother.

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One Response to “Pre Påsk Preparation”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    Love the photos. The one of y’all at the sign, trying to find stuff, makes me think of urban geo-caching.

    Happy Spring!

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