According to old Scandinavian belief, witches take flight between Good Friday and Easter in Finland. The so-called Easter Witches have long become a symbol of Easter. On the Sunday before Easter children go from house to house carrying willow twigs decorated with feathers to ask for sweets or small change. Easter Sunday is very noisy, as the country’s children wander the streets with drums and horns to end the period of mourning.
EASTER PROMISES TRUE LOVE
In Sweden Easter is yellow. Here it is the Easter Chick, and not the Easter Bunny, that brings the eggs. Houses and flats are decorated with birch leaves, a reference to the beginning of spring. An old superstition says that Easter is the time to find your true love. Women who want to win someone’s heart should visit a spring secretly at night to draw the Easter water. According to tradition, if they manage to sprinkle the object of their affection with the water while they are asleep, and without them noticing, then nothing can stand in the way of their mutual happiness.