Norwegian Easter Traditions

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Norway is a Christian nation, so Easter is an important holiday for us, as nearly everyone has time off from Thursday to Monday. It`s a time to visit family and friends. This Easter BF and I are visiting his family,  and I felt like sharing some of Norway`s typical Easter traditions, and as you`ll probably see, we Norwegians love our Easter break. They`re not exactly religious traditions, but it`s what makes Easter, Easter.  And if you wonder, God Påske means Happy Easter.

1. Going skiing in the mountains
One of the most popular activities during Easter is going to a cabin in the mountains and go skiing.

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2. Eating Kvikk Lunsj, the Norwegian version of KitKat – This is the ultimate hiking chocolate. Whenever Norwegians goes hiking, skiing, or just spend time outside, this is the chocolate we prefer. Since 1937!

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3. Crime Fiction Books –  For some reason, reading crime fiction books is the most popular type of fiction. Personally, I prefer crime fiction on the TV.

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4. Eastereggs filled with candy – We use decorated cardboard eastereggs filled with small pieces of candy, called smågodt, a typical Scandinavian type of candy.

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5. Yellow decorations – It`s all about the colour yellow. Yellow napkins,  yellow candles, yellow tablecloths… serviettsource

6. Roasted leg of lamb –  in remembrance of Christ`s sacrifice; it`s the most common thing to eat on Easter Saturday.

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7. Roadtrip to Sweden – For those of you who lack decent geographic skills, Norway shares a boarder with Sweden, so many people use the extra days off to go shopping in Sweden. Due to the strong NOK, grocery shopping + alcohol is a bargain! 

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8. Easter Chicklets – new life is also celebrated, which these brightly coloured chicklets are a good symbol of. Most households have some kind of chicklet decoration.

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 What are your Easter traditions?

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19 thoughts on “Norwegian Easter Traditions

  1. Well, I was raised by a couple of atheists, so Easter wasn’t really a big deal for us, but I have very fond memories of the Easter I spent as an exchange student in Trondheim. We spent a week at the family hytta – it was me, my younger host sister and my host grandparents – none of whom spoke any English. It wasn’t until the very end of the week that I realized I hadn’t spoken a work of English all week and it wasn’t a big deal at all! Woo Hoo!

    I also remember that people would cut branches and put them inside in vases so the buds could sprout. Then they would decorate them with colored eggs and other decorations. It was such a lovely holiday!

  2. Happy Easter! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful holiday weekend. Reading about your traditions was a lot of fun. I get together with my mom’s side of the family each Easter and we eat A LOT and when we were kids we would hunt Easter eggs that “the Easter bunny” (read: our parents) had hidden. Some were real hard-boiled eggs, decorated by us kids, and some were plastic eggs filled with candy, coins, and even (coveted) dollar bills. Sometimes there were even trick eggs (raw!) and prize eggs (a nice chunck of money!). Now that my cousins and I are all grown up, we get to be the ones hiding the eggs for the next generation (our kids) to hunt.

    Have fun!

  3. God Påske!

    We don’t celebrate any Easter traditions, or general holiday traditions in general so it’s nice to hear what other people do on this day.

    I only remember hunting for eggs as a kid. And dying them in class.

  4. Love this post, NG!!! Thanks so much for sharing your traditions, which, as you know, are extra heartwarming to me as a Norwegian girl. I will be forwarding this post on to my mom, who was very excited to hear that I’d been spending time chatting with a gal from Norway. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Easter Sunday is always a big deal. Growing up, all the girls would get new dresses every easter. We usually had an Easter egg hunt, or dyed eggs. I still like dying eggs, and I might actually dye some tomorrow afternoon 🙂 Going to a Good Friday church service is a new tradition for us since we started attending our church. God Paske!

    • how sweet that you all got new dresses during Easter. I used to dye eggs when I was little, but haven`t done it in over 12-13 years! It`s nice how even when we grow up, we get new Easter traditions:-)

  6. Our family is an international mix of religious and non-religious but Easter is a time for family, like Christmas, really. All shops are closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday in Switzerland and Germany, so it is crazy time on Easter Saturday – some areas not too far away do open on Good Friday (Austria, Italy – borders are all very close!).
    Usually, we would go on a family outing on Good Friday, or take a spring hike if the weather is good, and then get together with family either Sunday or Monday for a buffet/grill meal and some Easter egg hunting for the kids – both chocolate and hard-boiled, coloured eggs. Although lamb is popular here, too, we also have butter in lamb-shaped moulds, chocolate bunnies in all sizes and types, Easter “nests” and dessert for us is the Italian “Colomba”, a very light, airy yeast cake (and sometimes I make English Hot-Cross Buns on Good Friday!).
    Bringing branches in as Easter trees is popular, either just to let them bloom (I have forsythia this year) or twigs to hang decorations – eggs, bunnies, bows, feathers – onto. Whether there are any further decorations is optional – I have a few plain white china bunnies that I usually arrange nicely with spring flowers like tulips and/or daffodils somewhere about the house and a couple of hanging decorations, but we don’t go overboard on this.
    This year is crazy – icy temperatures, rain and snow for the whole Easter weekend… Unfortunately, we booked a four day sailing trip on Lake Constance (we chartered a small yacht for 4 of us) which is a cold, soggy event where we seem to be spending a lot of time in various harbours with wet clothes steaming everywhere!! 😦

    • it`s pretty much like that in Norway too. everything is closed in Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday. Some shops are open on Saturday for a couple of hours. We also use branches that we decorate. In south of Norway, the weather was pretty good, cold but sunny, so we spent a lot of time outside. ouch, hope your sailing trip went ok!

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  8. This is great! Christopher and I were just talking over dinner about how we want to have more Easter traditions. It’s such a special time to remember the resurrection of Christ and yet we hardly have any traditions. Whereas we have TONS of traditions for Thanksgiving and especially Christmas. Anyway, we are working on coming up with a few ways to make Easter more special/meaningful so I appreciate you sharing these!

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