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RD - Easter Trulli by TamarinFrog RD - Easter Trulli by TamarinFrog
"Virvon varvon
tuoreeks terveeks
tulevaks vuodeks.
Vitsa sulle,
palkka mulle."

("I'll virpoa varpoa for fresh, healthy year. Vitsa for you, payment for me")

Hey everyone! It's palm Sunday and BtG is here to teach you how we celebrate Easter in Finland today!

First, let me start by telling you that Easter Bunny is not a big deal here. Well, bunnies ARE part of Easter but we don't have THE Easter bunny who hides eggs. No, instead we have Easter witches! Also known as trullis! [link] (comes from Swedish "troll" word that means... well, a troll but also a witch)

In Finnish mythology, trullis were originally malevolent creatures, especially towards cattle and home animals. But these days, there is a custom for children to dress up as them and get some Easter treats. This custom is a mix of Finnish mythology and Christianity. Before Palm Sunday, we collect willow twigs with catkins in them. Then kids decorate them with colorful feathers and other decorations. This decorated twig is called "a vitsa". Kids make multiple of these vitsas and on palm Sunday, they dress up as trullis and go from house to house, singing a little song (the one I wrote there) wishing for good will. They shake their vitsas while singing. This is called "virpoa". This also symbolizes the palm leaves that people waved for Jesus. If people give them a payment (chocolate eggs/candy) they give one vitsa in exchange for good luck.

Sounds familiar? Yes! But remember, Halloween was never a traditional Finnish holiday. It only came here about... 7-10 years ago when American culture really started to spread around here. Heh! I'm happy I finally managed to do this in time! I've always wanted to tell you about Finnish Easter. I have one question for you though... The Easter Eggs that Bunny hides for you... Are they chocolate eggs? Or plastic containers that have candy inside them? I just wonder because I always see people looking for them outside. Is there a risk of them getting dirty?

Edit: thanks for the answers! But oh! What about you my Swedish and other Nordic and European friends? How do YOU celebrate Easter? I have always been curious if this "virpomis" business is only something we Fins do. :)

Anyway, here, Morrigan is ready for her virpomis round, disguised as a little buneary of course. Happy early Easter everyone!

Morrigan and Random Doom Me
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ShadowNight9 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Artist
Leomis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My family hides receives boiled eggs from the backyard. Beforehand we get Easter baskets filled with candy.
LordSmorg Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
:crazy: I know this is an odd thing for me to comment on but, That grass looks incredible! :dummy: I hope someday I can make grass look half as good as that. Buneary looks cute too :aww:
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thanks! I made my own brush for that. NEVER use the default grass brush in photoshop. XD (unless you really know how to use it make it not obvious)
aliendehco Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
o man dat look like 1 of dem bunies
songarri0125 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Sounds interesting.
Axel230 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, that costume is simply adorable (Curse you Morrigan, you did it again).
Finnish Easter celebration sounds like so much fun, way better than what we have here in Mexico (People just go to church and some have egg hunts, but that's just American influence in the newest generations. Won't deny I enjoyed them though). Come to think about it, it's even more religious than what we have, though there are several other traditions over the "Holy Week".
TL;DR: Finnish celebration is awesome, why isn't it like that everywhere else xD.
sweetymimy22 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
in austria is tomorrowm easter
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Itz so cute I love it!
PowerfulDesire Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Moonstripe-The-Wolf pretty much explains the egg thing really well. Both chocolate eggs (and bunnies) and the plastic eggs with candy inside are acceptable. :) Some families will actually eat the colored hardboiled eggs that they have placed in the egg hunt as well. There is this one children's tv special called "The Easter Bunny is coming to town". It's actually really cute and gives a sweet and simple explanation for the many easter related traditions.
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