But there’s something else happening in Norway, something dark and disturbing which is perhaps the oddest of Easter traditions.
At this time of year, the peace-loving Norwegians like nothing better than heading to their mountain cabins and revelling in death and blood — the gorier the better.
The holiday wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a healthy dose of Påskekrim — literally ‘Easter crime’.
“A Påskekrim novel is a vital part of any Easter trip to the mountains, along with a Kvikk Lunsj [a chocolate bar a bit like a Kit-Kat], and an orange,” writes author Camilla Swift in Britain’s Spectator.
“So synonymous have these become, that in 2009 one Norwegian publisher printed a crime anthology with a cover so similar to the chocolate bar’s wrapper that they were taken to court.”
And if they don’t have a book to read, never fear, Norwegian TV will deliver crime thrillers and horror films in abundance.
Even Norwegians in Australia indulge in this distinctly not very cheery Easter pastime.
Originally from Oslo, Arild Bekkelund has lived in Adelaide for 10 years.
“Every Easter I catch up on the pile of books on my bedside table that, as a small-business owner, I never seem to have time to read during the hectic and busy year,” Mr Bekkelund tells news.com.au
“I especially like my Scandinavian crime authors — Jo Nesbø, Camilla Läckberg, and Jussi Adler-Olsen, just to mention a few.”
Quite why Norwegians love crime at Easter is something of a mystery but there’s several theories.
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