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Exotic Easter In Norway Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Holidays, Traditions

Do you celebrate påske (”PAWskeh”, Easter) in your country? A lot of people around the world look forward to påsken (or påska) – even if they’re not Christian. They enjoy decorating their homes with påskekyllinger (Easter chickens) and eating delicious påskeegg (Easter eggs) of chocolate. These things are the same in Norway. But most other things about this høytid (festival, litterally ”high-time”) are different.

Easter utensils…

Having spent my påskeferie (Easter holiday) in Norway this year, I’ll tell you what makes Norwegian Easter so exotic:

  • påska er større enn jula (Easter is bigger than Christmas). For surprisingly many Norwegians, Easter is a more important holiday than Christmas.
  • påskefjellet (”the Easter mountain”). Up, up, up the slope! Norwegians love spending their Easter holiday skiing in the mountains. At this time of the year, there’s usually still a lot of snow in the highlands, while the sun is so hot that you don’t need a lot of clothes. But remember your solkrem (sun lotion) and solbriller (sun glasses), or you might get snøblind (snow blind).
  • påskekrim (Easter crime stories). Many families spend their Easter in mountain hytter (huts) – in order to be as close to the snow as possible. A favourite pastime is the påskekrim. For some reason, Norwegians love to read books or watch tv-series about mord (murders) and detektiver (detectives) in Easter. There’s even a påskekrim cartoon on the milk carton!
  • Kvikk Lunsj og appelsiner (Kvikk Lunsj and oranges). Remember to keep a sitteunderlag (sitting mat) and a few supplies in your ryggsekk (rucksack). When taking a break from your ski [shea], the archetypal snacks are Kvikk Lunsj (a kind of chocolate bar with a biscuit core) and oranges. A warm cup of kakao (hot chocolate) might also come handy. God påske! (Happy Easter!)

Påskefjellet

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About the Author:Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


Comments:

  1. Mariola:

    Interesting post. I was wonderng how Easter looks in Norway ;)) hilsener!

  2. numbers:

    Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for newbie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @numbers Glad to hear you like our blog! 🙂

      My best tip for any aspiring blogger would is quite simple:
      Read a lot of different blogs, talk to a lot of different people!
      It’s all about finding your own ”voice”.
      There are a lot of books and blogs about blogging, for example here:
      http://www.thesocialcraft.com/blog-2/

      Good luck!

  3. Fotografowanie:

    Cześć, interesujący tekst. Określony czas nie pisałem tak fajnego tekstu

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Fotografowanie @F. Hello, I don’t understand Polish, but it seems like you write ”interesting text”. Takk! 🙂