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When it comes to holidays in Finland, you must consider the coexistence of Christian rites with pagan ones. The vast majority of the population belongs to the Lutheran Evangelical Church, which is why Easter (in the Catholic sense of the term) is not widely recognized. The closest meaning to this period concerns more closely a real celebration of the arrival of spring.

As with Catholics, the period of Lent begins for the Orthodox seven weeks before Easter (Laskiainen). In this period, the first event that draws attention is certainly the Virvonta during Palm Sunday: during this day, in fact, the children dress up as wizards, witches and goblins and knock on the doors of the neighborhood reciting a poem of good luck and giving away a decorated willow branch. In return, just like on Halloween, they will receive sweets and chocolate eggs. It is certainly interesting to note how, even in this case, the mix of traditions is evident: it’s not a coincidence, in fact, that children are dressed as witches or fantastic beings! These are nothing more than signs of legends that Finnish culture inherited from neighboring Sweden, just as it does on Good Friday. During this day families are used to staying at home, safe from evil spirits hiding in the forests and witches fly with their brooms around the Kyöpelivuori mountain. In some regions, such as Ostrobothnia, it is typical to access bonfires. The Easter bonfires represent a defensive measure put in place, according to the belief, after the death of Jesus: with his death, the protection of God was lost and only through smoking was it possible to keep evil spirits away.

Easter Sunday is instead a day to spend all in the family: the children have fun in a sort of "treasure hunt" of Easter eggs hidden around the house, while the older ones usually plant ryegrass seeds inside the vessels. We also enjoy creating compositions on the grass with the symbols of Easter: rooster, chicks and chickens, symbols of fertility and birth.

At the table you can not miss the boiled eggs that, just like those of chocolate, are painted. Other more typical dishes include a dessert of Russian origin (Pasha) and a typical rye pudding called Mämmi.



NOTES:

Luke Scintu https://www.lukescintu.org/2014/04/la-pasqua-in-finlandia-e-le-sue.html

Il Turista https://www.ilturista.info/blog/1041-Pasqua_in_Finlandia_il_migliore_periodo_invernale_al_nord_in_arrivo_la_primavera_al_sud/

Vivere la Finlandia http://viverelafinlandia.blogspot.com/2017/04/la-pasqua-in-finlandia.html


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