London, Westminster Bridge (~1900)
”This turn of the century view shows Big Ben to the left of the tram and Scotland Yard to the right. Apart from the traffic, little has changed.”
From John in England, 2018
From GB in Scotland, 2018
Constanza Droop "Felix auf dem Rad"
Postcrossing card from Switzerland, 2017
Swedish Easter Hag, setting off on her broomstick to Blåkulla
(A card I bought and sent flying to the Netherlands for Easter, 2018)
Swedish folklore involves stories of witches flying off on broomsticks on Maundy Thursday (or Easter Eve), to meet up with the devil at an imaginary place/hill/island called Blåkulla (Blockula) … In some places Swedish children still dress up as påskkärringar (Easter hags), and sometimes also go knocking on neighbor’s doors for treats, much like American children do at Halloween. I remember dressing up like that in childhood, at my grandmother’s house; but don’t think it involved going round to the neighbours. “Proof” below from my childhood photo album – artwork by my mum, from Easter 1962…
Glad Påsk = Happy Easter!
We also used to have bonfires and fireworks for Easter; but that tradition has been on the decline around here in later years. (The big fireworks night nowadays is New Year’s Eve; and bonfires on 30th April, to welcome Spring.)
The tradition of filling vintage style decorated Easter Eggs with candy still seems to be as popular as ever, though; judging by this photo that I snatched at the supermarket earlier in the month…
I have some old paper eggs like these myself, but nowadays serving only as decoration: