Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Quick Facts - SE

AKA NamePaschal Vigil, Påsk
HashtagsCompiled on#Easter
Related Hashtags#HappyEaster, #Dogs
2024 Date31 March 2024
2025 Date20 April 2025


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Easter History

Easter, also known as Påsk in Sweden, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a significant event that illustrates the triumph of good over evil. The holiday embodies key values such as rebirth, hope, and renewal, and it's often characterised by various unique traditions, festive meals, Easter eggs, and a lively spirit of communal celebration.

The practice of Easter in Sweden has deep historical roots that trace back to the early Christian era. Over the years, Swedish Easter has evolved and presently combines religious traditions with elements of folklore and secular celebration. It presents an intriguing blend of church services and playful customs such as Easter egg hunting. Children in Sweden often dress up as Easter witches, known as påskkärringar, derived from an old belief that witches flew to a mythical German mountain the Thursday before Easter to cavort with Satan. On their return, it was believed the witches would reward those who had left treats for them.

In Sweden, Easter is typically observed during a week-long break known as the Easter holiday or Påsklov. This usually includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday as public holidays. The Eastertide actually commences with the Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Sunday. The Easter Eve is traditionally the main day of celebration, filled with family gatherings, feastings, and activities such as egg painting. The dates vary each year, falling between late March and late April, generally following the lunar calendar and the date of the Spring Equinox.

Facts about Easter Sunday

  • For many Christian congregations, the first Easter service for the year is the Service of Light. The worship typically starts in darkness on the preceding Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Light is brought into the church with candles to signify hope based on the resurrection. The service culminates with the lighting of a paschal candle, signifying Christ.
  • Easter eggs represent new life and also symbolize the shape of Jesus' tomb.
  • A common delicacy during Easter in Sweden is the "prinskorv," which are small, fried hot dogs. Other popular foods include salmon, lamb, eggs, and an array of sweets.
  • The tradition of the Easter witches comes from old folklore. It was believed that witches would fly off to Blåkulla (Blue Mountain) on Maundy Thursday to consort with the devil. To protect themselves, people would light bonfires and make loud noises to scare off the witches.

Top things to do in Sweden for Easter

  • Go to a children's Easter egg hunt or hold one of your own. Many churches have them the Saturday before Easter too.
  • Cook an Easter dinner for family and friends. Traditional entrees include lamb or ham. During Lent (period leading up to Easter), many Roman Catholics exclude meat from their diet, so Easter is often indulgent on meat.
  • Attend an Easter Service: Like many countries with a Christian population, Easter services are quite popular in Sweden. Easter Sunday is celebrated with mass in churches such as the Stockholm Cathedral and Uppsala Cathedral.
  • Prepare traditional meals for Easter, such as:
    1) Prinskorv – These are small, smoked sausages that are often served during Easter. They can be served as an appetizer or as part of a larger Easter meal.
    2) Äggost – A traditional Easter dish in Sweden, äggost is a cheese made from eggs. The eggs are boiled, curdled, and then strained to create a cheese with a unique texture that is often served with jam or jelly.
    3) Lammstek – Lammstek or roast lamb is a traditional main dish for Easter in Sweden. It's typically served with potatoes and veggies.

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