Palm Sunday / Palmusunnuntai

When: March 20 in 2016

What: Palm Sunday is the Finnish version of Halloween. Well, maybe not as scary. On Palm Sunday (Easter Sunday in Western Finland), it’s customary for children to dress up as witches and go door to door with decorated willow twigs. In Finnish, this tradition is called virpominen. The children recite a traditional rhyme for the people they visit and give them one of their twigs, wishing them good health and blessings – in return for treats or coins, of course. So if you live in an area with lots of families, don’t be alarmed when your doorbell starts ringing! But if you plan on opening the door for the little witches, make sure you have some chocolates for them.

Opening hours and public transport: Regular Sunday hours

Read more about Palm Sunday and Easter in Finland:

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