Do not be surprised if you are seeing witches, black cats and other animal-like features during Easter in Finland.
This is a 200 year old tradition in Finland and Sweden. They walk from home to home, looking forward to get some treats, typically chocolate surprise eggs, or Easter Eggs.
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Diana Saarinen has described this tradition: In the days before Easter, children make Easter switches from pussy willows, a favorite holiday decoration. On Palm Sunday, a chosen person would be greeted with the pussy window branch — and lightly touched with it. As this was being done, the child would say:
I touch you with my magic branch
That will refresh you and keep you well.
You get the branch, I get a reward.
(So said the Easter Witch.)
Here you see how this sounded in Finnish last Sunday: