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.
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!
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.
4. Eastereggs filled with candy – We use decorated cardboard eastereggs filled with small pieces of candy, called smågodt, a typical Scandinavian type of candy.
5. Yellow decorations – It`s all about the colour yellow. Yellow napkins, yellow candles, yellow tablecloths… source
6. Roasted leg of lamb – in remembrance of Christ`s sacrifice; it`s the most common thing to eat on Easter Saturday.
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!
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.