The Swedes have been celebrating Easter, originally according to the Gregorian Calendar, since 1844. Until 1969 everything was closed on Easter Friday (in Swedish “Långfredag”, or Long Friday) – grocery stores, cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores etc. Of course due to the memory of Jesus Christ.
The last supper
According to Christian tradition Jesus arose from the dead during the Jewish “Pesach” (in Swedish “påsk”). In Sweden Easter is a holiday/tradition in which folklore, ancient Nordic tradition and Christian tradition are mixed together.
Easter is celebrated sometime between March 22:nd and April 25:th. Many Swedes see it mainly as an opportunity to gather friends and family, eat lots of good food and sweets etc.
Traditional food and drinks
The Swedes like to shoot fire crackers during Easter, which normally lasts for five days: Skärtorsdag, Långfredag, Påskafton, Påskdagen and Annandag Påsk.
Traditionally we have Påskmust, Påsköl and snaps to drink and pickled herring, smoked salmon, kavring, eggs, meat balls, cheese and lots of sweets to eat (see my post on Swedish candy).
Easter is also a celebration of light, since the Swedes are coming out of a long, dark winter period. Easter means spring is around the corner, and the flower markets are filled with people longing for floral beauty.