Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ah, the Norwegians sure know how to celebrate!

Tonight, the little one had some challenging questions about Easter such as:

- Why is it an Easter bunny and not an Easter bird? (After all, bunnies don't lay eggs, right?)
- How did Easter start?
- Does the Easter bunny only give presents to children?

Of course, you're going to have to look up the answers yourselves but I wanted to share an interesting finding with you about traditions in my favorite country, Norway.

In Norway, in addition to cross-country skiing in the mountains and painting eggs for decorating, a contemporary tradition is to solve murder mysteries at Easter. All the major television channels show crime and detective stories (such as Agatha Christie's Poirot), magazines print stories where the readers can try to figure out who did it, and many new books are published. Even the milk cartons change to have murder stories on their sides. Another tradition is Yahtzee games.

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

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