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"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
Pokemon © Nintendo
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CJizzlelette Featured By Owner Edited Mar 29, 2015
Ah! Today's Palm Sunday! Even though I've only been commenting on your artwork for the past couple of months, but after looking at some advertisements for Easter products, I felt like looking at this ol' picture again! :aww:

The first time I saw this picture, I didn't get a chance to read the description and now that I've read what you've wrote...I didn't realize Morrigan disguised herself as a Buneary! No wonder that Buneary had a sneaky look on it's face. Plus it makes this piece a whole lot of OTP and layers of Shippy ! ^w^ 

So...with Easter traditions...

Back when I was four years old, I remember decorating a tiny Easter tree with tiny ornaments and whatnot. Do you think there's a connection between Easter trees and Vistas? Like Easter trees were made from a bundle of vistas? It'd make so much more sense if they do!

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.
SeriousJupiter Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Morrigan is an adorable little troll.

Since I'm also Finnish, I can't tell you anything about Easter you don't already know, but I loved reading the comments of all the people from different countries telling you how they celebrate Easter. It was really eggciting.
LukkiStarr Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've always enjoyed the reactions of people when I tell them that we associate witches with easter. On the flipside, sometimes I'm surprised that others don't.

Moonstripe-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
Having lived around the USA( north and south >P ) I can pretty much say that there are so many people and cultures here that a lot of people celebrate it differently.

There are a lot of Egg Hunts(though I think the Jewish Community don't let their kids do this? I have friends that say they weren't allowed), there are large communal egg hunts where an organization will hide plastic eggs with candy and prizes in them(I found one with a raffle prize in it once! :D ) and there are family egg hunts. I used to live up north and even though it snowed people would still hide the eggs in the snow. Now that I live closer to the south it's hotter and plastic eggs are still hidden outside. I've also been part of plenty of hunts where colored hardboiled eggs were hidden as well, and in some cases you could exchange them for candy or toys.

People color eggs and do different things with them. Decorate their houses, make decorative cakes, hide them, etc. Chicks, Lambs, Bunnies and Frogs seem to be the token posterchildren(I love getting easter frog plushies~ ) and depending on how religious you are, families go to church or have an Easter Dinner with ham.

Also, Marshmallow Peeps. Those things are too much fun. Eat them or blow them up in the microwave, fun for everyone! :D
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! Thanks for telling. :D The decorative part is quite similar as here in Finland too.
Ud-the-Imp Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Finnish Easter is so much more cooler than American Easter.
MotoNeko Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
i didnt know you knew swedish! :D im swedish ^^
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh really? Hejsan! :D

Oh yes, Swedish is second official language in Finland (since we have history together) so it's a mandatory language to learn in school at some point. BUT... I am TERRIBLE at swedish so please don't ask me to butcher your language. XD It was one of my worst subjects in school. Jag kan inte tala swenska...
MotoNeko Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
you speak pretty well if you ask me :3 but what does butcher mean?
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, it means to... well "destroy"... It's usually used when talking about cutting meat.
MotoNeko Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
oh! XD
Were-Owl Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, this covers two holidays at once? Easter + Halloween (at least the Trick or Treating part).

Which means that Random Doom has now covered three out of five major holidays... unless the other ones I'm thinking of exist only in the U.S. and Canada (St. Patrick's and St. Urho's Day)

A Random Doom Independence Day (December 6) might be interesting to see, though.

My family is actually familiar with these 'Easter Trolls'. They're the ones who search for chocolate Easter Eggs every year. There is no difference between small children searching for candy, and trolls of any kind.
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe! Maybe RD will cover one other big holiday here Finland, Midsummer day this summer. :D

HAHAH! Trust me, Finnish independence day is not exciting. XD We just sit inside and watch as politics and celebrities walk to President's house and they greet him... Most people watch them so they can rate dresses. We don't fire rockets or anything like that.
BlueWolf114 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always so interesting whenever you or other artists outside the US post stuff about your holidays and traditions. I love learning about them. :D

I know you've gotten a lot of similar responses about US Easter eggs but I'm not sure if you've heard this one yet: Because my step-dad and step-family is Hispanic, in addition to the plastic filled and hard-boiled eggs, when we cook we save the empty egg shells and color them either with dye or markers. We then filled them with birdseed and glue a square of tissue paper over the hole. After we find the eggs we spend the rest of the day chasing each other and smashing them over each other's heads. It's a lot of fun and kind of painful and apparently is a more common tradition among Latin cultures which is probably why I'd never heard of it until we first celebrated Easter with my step-family.
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's also always fun to read when other people tell about their customs or even personal family customs. Like yours! :D
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Hooray for learning about other cultures :dummy:

Love how you drew her.
Corvigryph Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Haha aww cutie. Well, I can't speak for every American but plastic eggs filled with candy is usually the norm. My family generally uses boiled and dyed eggs too.

The plastic eggs are filled with tiny chocolate eggs sometimes. Eggception.
yokufire5 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
cream the rabbit and cotten:Vanilla the rabbit
lulucanpy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The eggs can be either, it really depends on who's hiding them :)

People occasionally also get real eggs that are hardboiled and painted!
fenixcast Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, that's very... interesting XD
MimiSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My parents don't give us much "unhealthy" food like chocolate and other stuff in easter eggs, so the way we celebrate it is cheesy. We'd hunt for the eggs, but whenever we find one, we must eat the contents of the plastic egg. So it was either a morsel of chocolate, brocolli, or a grape. And the ultimate egg was the golden egg (I found it :meow: ) which only had a bite of chocolate. My brothers and I pouted while our parents cracked up about how "deprived" we are.

A couple months later we discovered an unfound egg with rotten brocolli! Ewww :ohnoes:
Scorpio1996 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The eggs can be candy themselves or plastic eggs filled with candy. With outside Easter Egg Hunts, plastic eggs are normally used so the candy doesn't get contaminated, but if it's just a hunt inside the house, then yes, some eggs are made of candy. :)
FrightFox Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, that is so neat! Morgan looks adorable too ^^

Well, when I was young I hunted for Easter Eggs. Never pick up "cracked" eggs, and never put in any homemade goods unless it's just a family hunt. I've heard some families boil eggs, color them, and then place them out in the yard and the kid that finds the most gets a prize. Generally there is also a cantata that is done on Sunday, though I've seen less and less of them these days. When I was young is when they actually did them every year.

Ah, I know your question has probably already been answered quite a lot, but it's just how me and my family always celebrated.
kingofthekill11 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
just like mom huh?I wonder... {trying(and failing) to imagine Morrigan as buisil}
D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting. I've sorta wondered how other countries celebrated holidays, but I didn't think this one would be so different. I would have guessed it wasn't celebrated at all, so thanks for the little lesson. If I recall correctly, the Easter bunny itself is apparently a mix of some (dead) pagan celebration of the Spring solstice with Christian meanings added to it afterward. Little kid me was pretty surprised at this revelation.

Oh, and from my own experience, we used plastic eggs with candy inside. I don't recall seeing too many chocolate eggs, as they are either too fragile or melt if it gets too hot, though the latter isn't too common to happen where I live anyway.
PikachuLover2012 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think your Easter is better than my U.S. Easter! :D

I know you already heard fom other people how we celebrate Easter in the U.S. so I don't think I have to explain anything about it. ^^;

How I celebrate Easter in the, unlike everyone else, my family would go out and buy Easter baskets with candy and toys inside them and we would just enjoy what we have inside them! Some may also contain crosswords and stuff like that. It's kinda boring, actually. Idk :shrug:
vindurza Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nightlingbolt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I only just put it together that that was Morrigan disguised as a Buneary. In fact, I came up with a sort of headcanon regarding her when I read this. But it's kind of a downer, so I'll just PM it to you so as not to spoil the mood.
Angelonight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
So very cute.
sandraman Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Isn't that the shortest version?
The one what the smallest children, who are not yet able to remember it fully?

Or is that just regional variation?

"Virvon varvon, Tuoreeks terveeks, Tulevaks vuodeks.
Ison talon emännäksi, viien piian* pitäjäksi.
(Ison talon isännäksi, viien rengin** pitäjäksi.)
Vitsa sulle, Palkka mulle."

(Clearing for english)
*Piika = Female servant who usually helped around the house and cow-house.
(woman's work)
**Renki= Male servant who usually helped at the yard, land, field and stables.
(Man's work.)

Virvon varvon= just poetic way of saying swinging twigs,

"Waggle twigs, Wabble twigs, For fresh and healthy coming year.
[Wishing you to become]
Matron of large house, keeper of five maids.
(Master of large house, keeper of five servant.)
Twig for you, Pay for me. "
SinfulAnkh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
She's so cute ewe
pokemaniac-x Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Hooray for cultural education!

As for hidden eggs, my family doesn't hide them outside. We hide chocolate cars or rabbits in our house (the chocolate item is different for each kid). Then we go my grandmother's house, where she hides plastic eggs with money (I'll take that over chocolate any day!).
SnowHawk7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Incredibly fascinating. I've been very interested in Finnish culture for awhile now and I found this far more interesting than how Americans celebrate Easter. Also in America we have plastic eggs with treats in them for the kids although sometimes we take real eggs that have had the insides removed and paint them.

Out of curiosity though are there any other traditions in Finland relating to Easter? Do you generally have a dinner of Ham on Easter for example? Sorry my curiosity was just really piqued by this.
TamarinFrog Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, nothing really major I can think about. We also color eggs like many countries. We also raise some "rairuoho" (pretty much grass) from seeds inside a small container in house and when it has grown, we decorate it with little chicks and other Easter related decorations. [link]

As for food... Our family never had any traditional big Easter dinner. This could be different in other families. Finland however... Has one traditional Easter food... "Mämmi". But... heheh. It even splits the opinions with us Fins. You either HATE it or LOVE it. [link] (Yeah, doesn't look that good. I don't personally care about it).

And of course, depending how religious you are, people go to church during the Easter weekend too.
SnowHawk7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.
0Koji-chan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Oh wow~~ That's so cool~~
Worldgoesround4all Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
well that's neat
& as for the eggs, they're usually plastic containers you put candy, chocolate, of even money in, usually they're empty & you have to fill them yourselves before the egg hunt
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Really neat story there. It's cool to get a cultural reference for a holiday. Morrigan sure looks cute here. I actually missed it was her until I read the comment. She sure is well disguised. I especially like those super fluffy buneary thighs.

My family never really got huge on the Easter thing myself, but from what I've heard, these egg hunts vary depending on who's doing them. I've heard of some people actually hiding real eggs. Though like I said, that was never really something I ever got into.
corlel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in Michigan. My little sister still believes in the easter bunny (might be her last year though). What we do is hide plastic eggs full of candy around the house, or maybe outside if the weather is nice. We also hide the basket full of goodies (I still get one too haha). If the weather is good then more of our family comes over to play horseshoes and whatnot. We're not really religious so it's just a fun holiday for us, an excuse for chocolate and inviting people over.
SkyDragon90 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes it's just little plastic eggs with something like a Hershey's kiss inside. But I remember doing something like hard-boiling real eggs, still in their shells, and dyeing them different colors. Can't remember how the eggs were boiled, since the last time I did this was about 10 years ago, but the shells were still on.
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