Easter holidays 2017

April 13 – Holy Thursday
April 14 – Good Friday
April 16 – Easter Monday
April 17 – Second Easter Monday

Shopping on Easter

If you plan on spending you Easter holidays in department stores and other shops, you’re not in luck. Most grocery and department stores are taking the holiday as well. A good tip to put up your sleeve is looking up your local grocery store online and checking out their holiday working hours. Most cities will have a couple of stores open for emergency shopping.

If you plan on following the traditions and eating more eggs than usually, plan ahead and don’t leave your egg-shopping to the last minute, after all, it is the most popular product over the holidays. You might just miss out!

Food and drinks

As a tradition, special Easter beer [påskeøl] fills the shelves of grocery stores, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this if it’s your first Easter in Denmark.

Apart from the Easter beer, Danes fill their tables with previously mentioned eggs, lamb, salmon and herring as well as different variations of freshly baked bread and desserts.

For snacks, give a try to the traditional candy that is Easter eggs in pure chocolate and Marzipan.

Easter gift guide

If you plan on spending the holiday with friends, bringing Easter flowers to their house will definitely lift the hosts holiday spirit. The traditional flowers to bring and decorate your own house with are daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses.

As a treat, attach a bag of Easter egg snacks to your gift basket and you are ready to celebrate the holiday!

Egg colouring/painting

As practiced by many Danish families as well as in other cultures, egg colouring is a fun way to bring friends and family together for a creative activity.

Here you can gather all your art skills and express yourself with markers, paints or colours available in department stores.

If you would like to go the extra mile, we have an inexpensive tip to make your eggs stand out:

Gather as much onion skin as you can (this will be the colour of your Easter eggs) and drop it all in a large pot. The onion skin, when boiling, will leave a beautiful earthy brown colour on the eggs.

Prepare ingredients that will leave texture on the eggs (leaves, rice, herbs, small flower petals, moss, different grains) and a cotton string.

If you have some clean, old tights, cut them up in small sections to fit one egg and to be able to tie small knots on both ends. These will be the wraps to make to process easier and faster.

  • Put the onion skins in a large pot, cover with cold water and add salt (that will prevent eggs from cracking);
  • Wash the eggs under water so its easier for the grains and leaves to stick (white eggs will have best results);
  • Place the egg in an onion skin and start sprinkling it with the grains of your choice. Feel free to mix in whatever you like (make sure all the ingredients are safe to use and are natural);
  • Finish by covering the egg with a couple of more onion skins so the egg and the grains are nice and snug under the skin;
  • Wrap it up with the cotton string as tightly as possible (or use the tights method) and place in the pot of skins and water;
  • Repeat the process with as many eggs as you like.

Now set the water to boil and when it reaches the boiling temperature, boil for as long as you normally would (these eggs are edible afterwards so it depends on your preferred egg consistency) preferably for 8-10 minutes. When the eggs are done boiling, leave them to soak for 10-15 more minutes to intensify the colour.

When done, it’s the moment of revealing the different designs you have achieved! Have fun with it and enjoy!

Let us know how you will spend the Easter holidays and if you have some tips to share!

Happy Holidays from team DenmarkNU!

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