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Nordic Easter traditions you may not have heard of

Easter is a time that is often associated with Christianity and going to church followed by Easter egg hunts, but here in Norway there are some other Easter traditions that are far more popular and quite a lot different to those you might expect.

Did you know that Easter and springtime celebrations date back to long before Christianity and Easter as we know now?

Long before Christianity appeared in the world, people were celebrating the pagan springtime goddess Eostre. The first recorded springtime celebrations were in the 8th century but it goes without saying that people were celebrating the springtime equinox and arrival of new life long before that. There was a strong connection to the seasons that we still see in the Nordics now and as you probably know many of the seasonal celebrations we mark in the Nordics in modern times have been marked for hundreds of years right back to the time of the old Norse gods.

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