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First time in Sweden for Easter and unsure of how it’s celebrated? Or maybe you’ve colleagues or friends who have recently moved here? This guide provides useful tips on celebrating Easter Swedish style, including what to do, where to go and how to get the Easter look. Attractions open this Easter, online alternatives and even rookie mistakes to avoid are all covered to help you make the most of your Easter holiday.
How to do Swedish Easter
Find out what you should do, make and serve to celebrate Easter Swedish style. From Easter witches (Påskkärringar) to Easter food, you will find all the details you need at the following link.
Background to Swedish Easter Traditions
Discover the origins of Easter traditions as well as recipes for Classic Swedish dishes such as Gravlax with potato salad and Jansson’s temptation.
Some restaurants are offering special Easter holiday meal kits and take-away dinners. Restaurants are currently closed after 20.30 due to COVID-19 restrictions, and bars are only allowed to serve seated guests. See the following link for some restaurant recommendations in Stockholm.
Museums and attractions
Some museums are opening up again after being closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a limited capacity. Please note that visits have to be booked in advance and they allow only a limited number of simultaneous visitors. A list of indoor and outdoor museums and attractions in Stockholm that are open this Easter is available at the following link. From Skansen to sculpture, there’s something for everyone. You can visit their individual websites for more information about booking.
Celebrate Easter online from the comfort of your own home
Check out this handy guide on how to explore Stockholm’s museums online as well as online shows & concerts.
Get the Easter look
Seen pictures of Påskkärringar (Easter witches) and wondering how to create the look? Watch this video tutorial.
Easter card inspiration
Surprise family and friends with a Swedish style Easter card. This video provides some inspiration.
3 rookie mistakes to avoid
Watch out for the following common mistakes:
- Which day to celebrate
Easter is celebrated on Holy Saturday i.e., the day before Easter Sunday, as Swedes celebrate most major events on the eve of the event. Note the same applies for Christmas and Midsummer.
- Holiday planning
There are geographical differences in the scheduling of school Easter holidays. For example, Stockholm and Gothenburg have Easter holidays the week after Easter this year whilst Malmö and Örebro have holidays the week before Easter.
Get stocked up with sweets on Maundy Thursday (1st April) to prepare for any Easter witches påskkärringar who may happen to ring your doorbell.
Happy Easter everyone /Glad påsk allihopa!
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