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In traditional agrarian Finland, Easter was a terrifying time. Starting on Shrove Tuesday, the focus turned to Christ’s suffering and forces of evil walked the earth, waiting for the three days during which Christ would be gone from the world.
During Easter, people used to ward off evil with magic – now they seek safety elsewhere | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

For many of us, the return of spring and sunshine is a sign of joy and hope: summer is coming! However, in traditional agrarian societies, spring was a distressing time.