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Palm Sunday brings witches to the door

Palm Sunday brings witches to the door | Finland | Scoop.it

Along with being April Fool's Day, this Sunday is celebrated by Finnish Christians as Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week and the run-up to Easter.

 

Trick-or-treat, Finnish style
Pussy-willow twigs ornamented with bright feathers and tissue paper are used by children who dress as witches, cats or bunnies and go door-to-door collecting sweets. They recite a rhyme wishing the residents health for the following year, and then give them decorated branches in exchange for Easter candy.
Reminiscent of the trick-or-treat tradition in the British Isles and North America, this practice is believed to be a mixture of Orthodox Easter blessing customs from Eastern Finland with pre-Christian rituals from Western Finland and Scandinavia.

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RT @haloefekti: Cottages, cabins are common in Finland, so common that I'd guess MOST Finns have access to one ( http://bit.ly/ia8RiQ ) <-Read @Weaver2World
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