Danish Easter traditions for newbies

How to fully enjoy the Danish Easter traditions with a few must-try experiences and ideas on what to eat, drink and do during this Danish holiday.
Danish Easter traditions

Easter in Denmark in 50 words or less

Easter in Denmark involves lunching with family and friends. The Easter lunch is a lavish affair with plenty of food and alcohol. Chocolate eggs are popular too and if you have a sweet tooth, we recommend sending a gækkebrev or two [fool’s letters]. You can also make your own Easter schnapps [aquavit].

Common Danish words for Easter

Below you'll find a few Danish words and phrases for Easter in Denmark. Click on the icon to hear the pronunciation:

Påskeæg  [Easter egg] During the Easter holiday, the Danes eat a lot of chocolate – mostly Easter eggs made of chocolate or marzipan. Some families also dye or decorate real eggs to use for decorations or presents.

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Danish fool's letter

How to join in?

The Danish Easter holiday is all about enjoying Spring and reaching out to friends and family after a long Winter. Chocolate eggs and other Easter sweets are sold everywhere, so we encourage you to join in. Pick snow drops for gækkebreve, prepare an Easter lunch and spend the holiday eating chocolate and drinking Easter brew.

Must try foods or beverages

Påskefrokost  [Easter lunch] Easter lunch is a lavish affair in Denmark. Traditional dishes include lamb, eggs, salmon and herring. In true Danish style, a proper Easter lunch also involves Easter brew and schnapps.

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Make your own Easter schnapps

We are not huge fans of Danish schnapps ourselves. However, you might want to make the effort for Easter: 

Easter schnapps with apple and lemon
  • 1 bottle of schnapps or vodka. 
  • 2 apples
  • The zest of a lemon
  • 2 dried star anise flowers
  • 4 dried crushed juniper berries

Mix the ingrediens and leave the schnapps to infuse for 3 to five days. Pour the schnapps through a coffee filter and it's ready to drink. Enjoy!

Leave the schnapps for a few more days to enhance the taste.

How to make a 'gækkebrev'

To make your own gækkebrev, you'll need some paper - use ordinary white writing paper or buy a few sheets of yellow paper, if you want to be a bit festive. 

  1. Take a piece of paper and fold one of the top corners down to form a square.
  2. Cut off the excess part of the paper so you end up with a triangle.
  3. Fold the triangle once or twice more to make an even smaller triangle.
  4. Cut of the top to make the letter round.
  5. Now you can make small cuts along the edges of the triangle. With a bit of practice, you'll be able to make hearts and other shapes using a sharp pair of scissors. 
  6. Unfold the triangle and write your verse and don't forget to write your name with dots.

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Danish Easter verse
Danish Easter verse:
Mit navn det står med prikker
Pas på det ikke stikker 
My name is written with dots
Be careful it doesn't prick you
Or how about ...
One letter on each line spells my name
It's up to you to guess my little game
But if by Easter Day
The answer hasn't come your way
Then you owe me a gift -- what a shame!

_______________

Snowdrop, snowdrop, snowdrop fine
omen true and hope devine
from the heart of winter brings
a delightful glimpse of spring.
guess my name i humbly beg
your reward - an easter egg
let these puzzling dots proclaim
every letter of my name

How about you?

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