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Celebrating Easter in Sweden with Påskris
For a look at how Easter is celebrated in Sweden and across Northern Europe, browse the #påskris hashtag.
In the spring, florists, markets and city centers in Sweden display twigs and trees sprouting some unexpected blooms: feathers.
Påskris, or “Easter twigs,” refer to birch twigs that have been decorated after being cut and tied together. These Easter trees, especially when displayed in the home, are adorned with colorful feathers, eggs and more.
Beginning in the 17th century, Christian Swedes used påskris—without the feathers—to strike one another as a reminder of Jesus’s suffering. During the 18th century, however, påskris transformed into a more vibrant (and less painful) tradition and have spread to other Nordic countries.
Påskris are placed in water-filled vases and provide bursts of color that Sweden’s spring cannot supply due to its harsh and lengthy winters. If one is lucky enough to find twigs with some early blooms, however, the leaves grow and provide natural color to the påskris, bringing the new life of spring into the home. The more courageous locals will also bring these bursts of color outside the home by adorning the trees that line streets and city centers with colorful feathers and decorations to celebrate Easter and welcome the spring.
Notice how if we were to stop arguing about who’s right or wrong we could pretty much change the world.
Pretty much all the religions want the same thing just labels people
Aquarius horoscope for Apr 20 2014
You need an answer. You need some guidance. You need some assistance from a higher power. You have been looking for signs. You have been hoping for instruction. But have you found it yet, Aquarius? Are you even sure it is available to you? Stop wondering and worrying. You may not have seen the signs yet simply because you are trying too hard. Relax, and let go. Don’t so much go out searching for the answer as looking around you with an attitude of discovery. The answer is within reach.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 (Aquarius - Second Decanate) The philanthropist You’re open and friendly to everyone which makes them appreciative of you and even if you’ve been previously disappointed by someone, you’re won over by them. Try to build on these good relationships and deepen them; they may be of great importance to you in the future and make a positive contribution to whatever it is you want to achieve.
Today’s style inspiration: Haute couture and high, high heels from Angolan fashion blogger Soraya de Carvalho of ‘Style is My Thing’.
There is so much amazingness going on in this photoset
viet food at its best
Just sent this to my friend and told her to make it all for me
I be in pho like, “gimme dat dat and dat”
Gems of wisdom
LMAOO “Bye Tyrone” haha
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