Glad påsk = happy easter (and some musings about a family oriented holiday + covid).
The Easter celebration around here stretches from Thursday through Monday. I posted an article about Maundy Thursday earlier this week. Just to note, we didn't see any witches, not even small cute ones. It's apparently a day when you are not supposed "to spin or chop wood, as this might add to Christ's suffering. That night, we were apparently supposed to pain crosses on our front doors and hide any broomsticks or rakes to prevent the witches from flying to Mount Blåkulla to consort with the devil. We didn't know, but good news is that we didn't chop wood or spin.
Good Friday is supposed to involve being dressed in black and eating salty food with no drinks. Young people are supposed to have thrashed themselves with birch twigs....which I think is what the twigs with feathers are for? It's all supposed to be a reminder of Christ on the cross. According to one site, "the word Påsk comes from the Hebrew word “pesah” meaning passing."
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Normally Swedes go to their summer houses and into the countryside. Despite the King giving a speech a week ago asking people to stay home, we saw more than a few cars packed with bags of groceries and people heading out. One of Chris' colleagues said that they were prepping for their Easter feast with plans for eating outside, a bit distant from each other (grandparents not invited).
Excerpts from the King's speech:
As I mentioned, Holy Week leads us to Easter. For me, and for many people in our country, this is an important celebration and one we look forward to.
It is a time when we are keen to travel and perhaps spend time with family and friends. Many go to church.
But, this Easter, some of this will not be possible. We have to accept this. We have to rethink, prepare ourselves for staying home.
We might feel sad about this. But there will be more Easter holidays. After all, for most us, this will require relatively minor sacrifices – especially if we compare this to falling seriously ill or losing a friend or member of our family.
Today, I am thinking especially of all the children in our country who are now at risk of losing grandparents. Of missing out on the security and wisdom they can offer.
For their sake, we must act responsibly and selflessly. Everyone in our country has this obligation. Each and every one of us.
There is still a great deal of uncertainty. But one thing is certain: we will remember these times and look back on them.
Did I think about other people? Or did I put myself first? We will have to live with the choices we make today, for a long time to come. They will impact many.