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Påske: Exploring Norwegian Easter Traditions

Updated: Mar 26

Easter, or Påske, is a cherished time in Norway, marked by a delightful blend of traditions that bring families and communities together in celebration. From colourful egg hunts to cozy cabin getaways and thrilling ski adventures, Påske is a time that encapsulates the essence of Norwegian culture while also celebrating the upcoming spring season. Påske also represents the Christian holiday and marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with churches holding services where people gather to commemorate this significant event.

From Good Friday processions to Easter Sunday hymns, Påske is a blend of both joyful celebration and solemn reflection, bringing communities together in faith and unity.

In this blog post, we'll explore Påske traditions, from decorating eggs to indulging in delicious treats and immersing in the great outdoors.

Easter Eggs and Egg Hunts:

Two children smiling while going to egg hunt

Easter eggs hold a special significance in Norwegian Easter celebrations, symbolizing new life and fertility. Families gather to decorate eggs using various techniques, from intricate designs to simple dyes. These decorated eggs are proudly displayed as part of Påske décor, adorning homes with their vibrant colors and patterns. Children eagerly anticipate the traditional Easter egg hunt, where they search for candy-filled easter eggs hidden in gardens or parks, adding an element of excitement to the festivities.

Décor Inspired by Nature:

Påske décor is inspired by the beauty of nature, featuring motifs such as bunnies, eggs, chickens, and fresh flowers. These festive decorations add a playful touch to Easter displays, while flowers like daffodils and tulips bring a sense of renewal and vitality to indoor spaces. 

In Norwegian households, you'll find children eagerly bringing to life the vibrant motifs that characterize Easter celebrations. Armed with colorful materials such as felt, paper, and paint, they channel their creativity into crafting adorable bunnies, eggs, and chicks. These handmade decorations infuse warmth and charm into the Easter ambiance, showing the youthful enthusiasm of the holiday.

Delicious Easter Treats:

Families gather around to enjoy a feast of traditional Easter treats, which may include hot chocolate served with whipped cream, Solo (a popular Norwegian orange soda) Kvikk Lunsj (a popular chocolate bar), grilled sausages, oranges, and an assortment of chocolate eggs and bunnies. These mouthwatering delights add to the festive atmosphere, creating lasting memories of shared culinary experiences. 

Beyond family gatherings, Norwegian stores engage in pricing wars over these popular Easter treats, where they compete in having the lowest prices which adds an extra layer of excitement to the holiday festivities. Whether around the family table or in the aisles of the supermarket - Easter in Norway is a celebration of tradition, togetherness, and the joy of indulging in delicious treats with loved ones.

A cabin in the wood for an Easter retreat

Escaping to the Cabin:

For many Norwegians, Easter is synonymous with escaping to the cabin for a retreat into nature. Families pack their bags and head to their cabins nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, seeking peace in the tranquillity of the wilderness. Whether it's skiing down snow-covered slopes, embarking on scenic hikes, or simply relaxing by the fireplace with a good book, the cabin getaway offers a nice separation from everyday life.

Embracing Outdoor Adventures:

Påske is a time for embracing outdoor adventures and making the most of Norway's breathtaking natural surroundings. Skiing enthusiasts flock to the mountains for days on the slopes, carving through fresh powder under the bright spring sun. Hikers explore scenic trails and immerse themselves in the beauty of the Norwegian landscape. Whether it's skiing, hiking, or simply basking in the beauty of nature, Påske is a celebration of the great outdoors.

Påskekrim stories on Tine milk

Påske Krim: Easter Crime Stories:

A unique Påske tradition in Norway is the love for "Påskekrim" or Easter crime stories. This tradition is believed to have its origins from an intriguing advertisement placed by Gyldendal's publisher, Harald Grieg, during Easter 1923.

This crafted advertisement, cleverly disguised as a news report titled "Bergenstoget plundered last night," made its debut on the front page of Aftenposten. Its purpose was to promote the latest crime novel by Nordahl Grieg and Nils Lie. The response was overwhelming - it became evident that audiences were captivated by the allure of Easter crime.

Following this success, Aschehoug, another prominent publishing house, joined the trend, further cementing Easter as a prime season for crime fiction. Since then, Easter has become synonymous with gripping tales of mystery and suspense in Norway. During Easter vacation, Norwegians indulge in reading or watching crime mysteries. From gripping novels to suspenseful TV series, Påskekrim provides entertainment for all ages, fostering a sense of suspense and excitement during the holiday season.


So, whether you're partaking in an egg hunt, hitting the slopes, or cozying up with a Påskekrim novel, may your Easter be filled with warmth, laughter, and unforgettable memories. What are you doing this Påske and with whom?

God Påske! (Happy Easter!)

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