Photos: Easter Feathers in Stockholm

A clear sign that Easter (Påsk) is around the corner are colorful fluorescent feathers decorating any available twig or tree branch around town.

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom
Because palm trees are not indigenous to Sweden, feathered twigs were used historically (think 1600s-1700s) to symbolize the palm fronds that were placed on the ground for Jesus during his return to Jerusalem, commemorated every Palm Sunday one week before Easter. It wasn’t until the 1900s that these feathers became more decorative, losing their original significance.

Today, brightly-colored feathers are used to boost spirits as Swedes emerge from long dark winters looking forward to a vibrant spring.

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Easter feathers in Stockholm - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

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Author: Lola A. Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning writer, photographer, and travel blogger, and is also the Founder/Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She tweets at @LolaAkinmade.

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