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Easter
At Easter Swedes get together with their families. They celebrate by painting eggs and eating traditional Easter food like eggs, fowl, fish and lamb. Children receive Easter eggs filled with candy and dress up like colourful Easter witches.
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Easter in Sweden

Come to Sweden to celebrate Easter and feast on the food.

There are five big days to remember over Easter in Sweden: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and the Monday after. Shops and banks in Sweden have modified opening hours on these days, and some may close for the holidays. 

Being a secular country, the Easter holiday season is more about celebrating the first long, holiday weekend of spring, than any religious elements. And Sweden celebrates Easter on the eve of Easter Sunday, much like we celebrate Christmas Eve and Midsummer’s Eve.

But what is so special about a break in Sweden over the Easter holiday period? Given that Easter comes anytime between March and the end of April, spring is in the air in much of south and central Sweden and that alone is worth celebrating. In parks and gardens the first blooms of the spring are out, the locals have a spring in their step and the light nights are coming back. In west Sweden, along the Bohuslän coast and out on the islands people celebrate around giant bonfires, in the towns and cities children dress up as witches and go ‘trick or treating’ and on March 25th we have Waffle Day…where people eat waffles. And sweets…lots of sweets.

Swedish Easter in 2021 will be celebrated in April.

The dates for Easter holiday in Sweden 2021

April 1 Skärtorsdag / Maundy Thursday

April 2  Långfredagen / Good Friday

April 3  Påskafton / Holy Saturday

April 4  Påskdagen / Easter Sunday

April 5  Annandag påsk / Easter monday

Many shops and banks reduce their opening hours on these specific days, so try to plan important bank errands before or after the holiday or look up the opening hours in advance so you can focus on the feast and celebration instead!

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Easter eggs

Lots of symbols are associated with Easter, but none have a more central place than eggs. Eggs are painted, eaten, used as decorations, and paper eggs are filled with candy, and so on. Historically, people began to eat eggs for Easter after a period of fast.

Photo: Elliott Elliott/imagebank.sweden.se

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Easter eggs

Photo: Elliott Elliott/imagebank.sweden.se

Easter candy eggs

Photo: Magnus Liam Karlsson/imagebank.sweden.se

Easter

Photo: Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se