There are days when I feel like spring is just around the corner. The days are sunny and getting warmer, the birds chirp like there's no tomorrow. Then I see a car racing on the lake. The ice is still thick enough for that. The days are getting longer though, especially now that we've officially "sprung forward". The sun sets at 8 pm.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter. On Saturday we waited until sunset...
...and then joined our neighbours, who introduced us to the local Easter bonfire tradition. I was not aware of a tradition like this - it only goes to show that as small as Finland is, there are still plenty of regional peculiarities to go around. The bonfires light up the lakeshores on Saturday night before Easter Sunday.
The bonfires are burnt to chase the witches away. This old pagan tradition coexists with the Christian ones in these parts of Finland - not that people really believe in witches. It's peculiar, though, mainly because the church still has a strong footing in the minds and the hearts of the people here. But there they were, the neighbour's kids, staring into the fire, trying to make out silhouettes of witches and their cats in the flames.