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What Easter traditions make Sweden special?

Published fredag 14 april kl 11.00
Cultural historian: These traditions are part of our value system.
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Children dressed up as Easter witches.
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Easter witches are a unique tradition in Sweden. Credit: FREDRIK SANDBERG / TT
Jonas Engman standing in Nordiska Museet's library.
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Jonas Engman, head of archives at Nordiska Museet, says his favorite part of Easter is the eggs. Credit: Spenser Bomholt/Radio Sweden

Don't be surprised if witches come knocking at your door and asking for candy over the next few days.

Easter is this weekend and one of Sweden's many traditions is children dressing up as witches, carrying brooms, and hoping to get sweet treats from neighbors.

To learn more about what it is that makes Easter in Sweden unique, Radio Sweden spoke with Jonas Engman, the head of archives at Stockholm's Nordiska Museet.

"What makes Sweden special is that we are, on the whole, not so religious but we celebrate religious feasts all year round," he said.

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