Easter / Pääsiäinen

When: March 25 to March 28 in 2016

What: The national holidays during Easter are Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. However, Easter breaks may be longer, depending on where you work or go to school. Easter, like Christmas, is traditionally spent with family. Traditional seasonal cuisine includes roast lamb, mämmi (a dessert made with malted rye, rye flour, and molasses), pasha (a creamy pudding), and chocolate eggs. Christian Passion Plays are performed all over the country, but the most famous one is the Via Crucis Passion Play, which takes place in Helsinki on Good Friday. In Ostrobothnia (Pohjanmaa), a region in Western Finland, bonfires are lit to drive away evil spirits on the evening of Easter Saturday.

Opening hours and public transport: Public service offices, banks, post offices, and Alko liquor stores will be closed. Some grocery stores and other shops may be closed and some may have shorter opening hours. Public transport will operate on a Sunday schedule on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. Public transport will operate on a regular schedule on Saturday.

Find out more about Easter in Finland:

http://finland.fi/life-society/wandering-witches-welcome-finnish-easter/

 

Visit your local tourism office or their website to find out how Easter and other events are celebrated in your host town.

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