Easter witches

Different ways to celebrate easter in different countries

Somehow the original idea of why we’re celebrating easter or should i say the church original idea have somehow gone missing from our concisenessed minds. In England i found they celebrate it with a huge Bunny who comes with a lot of chocolate-eggs and a meat-free good friday

In Sweden they celebrate it with hollow eggs you fill with sweets. Kids dressed as the Easter-witch carrying a huge coffeepot comes knocking on your door and you have to give them sweets and treats so they’re not taking your kids or making your milk go sour instead.

Easter-witches even called “old woman passover” or “Passover bitch” is a very old Swedish folklore considered from 1600-century as witches flying on their brooms to Blockula to meet the devil and have a massive feast with him on the night between wednesday and thursday. The feast or banquet was held in a magnificent house on a huge field and they were served frogs, toads and snakes. Around 1660-1670 there were the worst Witch-hunt and witch-trials in swedens history due to these folklores, the hunts and trials were often executed due to beliefs that the women had been participating in these huge feasts with the devil. People believed they’ve seen their neighbour flying their broom the night between Wednesday and thursday at easter. It was that easy to be charged as a witch and put on trial.

In order to scare away witches people lit fires and shot in the air with rifles. Something that lives on today in terms of Easter-bonfire, May-bonfire (Today mostly celebrated that our long winter is over, it’s spring and the summer is coming) and firecrackers.

Since Easter-witches are based on popular beliefs they may be a bit different from the real witches who was reported from that era. There will be Easter-witches have accessories like a coffee pot, a black cat and broomstick. Several of these attributes have no direct link to the witches in the 1600s: Coffee wasn’t used in Sweden in the 1600s, nor are black cats mentioned in the legal record of the time.

With reference to modern superstition can be a theory that pot is a symbol of the cauldron and the black cat for bad luck or misery.

It’s uncertain when the tradition of kids dressing as easter-witches started but it was hugely spread around the country in the middle of 1800 century.

So while most of western world are celebrating a huge Rabbit who’s hiding chocolate-eggs Sweden is celebrating witches begging for candy. This is swedens halloween-trick-or-treat but with a theme! Halloween as it’s celebrated in the rest of western world didn’t start in sweden until recently. Halloween were more a toned down time to respect our deads and not that much big of a deal when i grew up.

(source: some from wikipedia)

So what about poker? Well due to recent events with my loved family-member who’s been in hospital since mid January, she’s got terminal cancer and was deteriorating some 2 weeks ago when hospital called us telling us to come and not expect anything good. Visited her last night and she’s amazingly bounced back to more or less her old self again. I’m so pleased and happy to see her smile again. It’s unbelieveble that she wasn’t responsive just under 2 weeks ago and now sits up, communicate and laughs with us. The hospital’s been fantastic. But due to these recent events i’ve not been playing that much seriously lately. I’ve been playing one or two tournies a day but my mind haven’t really quite been there. I’ve seen myself falling for the easiest traps (trap or trap???? They don’t know how to trap but still i haven’t got any better name for it). I know i’m being beat and still make the calls just because i don’t care. I’m making the WTF-move…

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