Sweden is pretty secular, and many Easter traditions are actually pre-Christian nature-linked celebrations of fertility etc. One of the classic Easter decorations in Sweden is pÃ¥skfjÃ¤drar (‘Easter feathers’): bare branches with feathers tied to them. Walking around the weekend before Easter we saw lots of houses with feather twigs in pots, or feather tied to trees and shrubs. They are usually brightly coloured and look like precursosrs to flowers, waving gently in the wind.
Waving too enticingly to resist.
While we were out walking, our neighbourhood Forest Cat bounded out from a garden to show Graham and I what she had ‘caught’: a mouthful of brightly coloured Easter Feathers. She chomped them up, and will probably go back for more since they weren’t very satisfying.