As Springtime approaches, you begin to see the signs of Easter. In Sweden, Easter has become a secular holiday. You will see the birch twigs adorned with bright colored feathers everywhere you go. These birch twigs were used to thrash one another, symbolic of Christ's suffering.
Also, you may see witches hanging from trees in yards. On the Thursday
before Easter, witches flew off to consort with the Devil at Mount
Blåkulla, and people would protect themselves by painting crosses on
their front doors and hiding broomsticks and rakes so that the witches
could not fly on them.
This truly is quite a site to behold. Now days, the little children
dress up like witches and old men, rabbits and chickens, and go from
house to house with the greeting of "Glad Påsk" or Happy Easter. The
children give you a little homemade greeting card, and then you are to
provide them treats for their long journey to Blåkulla.
And, here are the first "Trick or Treaters" if you will that knock on our door, wishing us "Glad Påsk."