Because last week was Easter, TT and I decided to talk about our Easter traditions. (Also: Happy Easter, or as it goes in Finnish Hyvää pääsiäistä!) Because we both grew up with a Christian background the Easter traditions are quite similar.
Easter is a time where you spend a lot of quality time with your family for both of us. While here in Germany stores are closed on the holidays (which in this case include Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday), stores in Finland remain open.
In Germany, on the day before Easter we always have huge bonfires but in Finland the day is quite uneventful. However, TT’s family had the tradition that the kids would put a hat next to their bed in the evening and then during the night the rooster would come and bring chocolate eggs or small gifts from the grandparents.
On Sunday, they would wake up and find their chocolate. Also, they have an Easter lunch where they traditionally eat lamb and chicken with different vegetables like asparagus. The traditional Easter dessert is called Mämmi and is being eaten with cream or vanilla sauce. You can see a picture of it below.
I wish I was still in Finland to try this although I gotta admit that it doesn’t look that appealing…
Easter Monday is again just about family time and eating good food.