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Children, choose your character 4 8, 1:36pm

In Finland children also dress up as witches on Easter. However for us originally it was because the witches were supposed to fend away bad spirits. The children make decorative sticks out of willow branches and they wave them at people and chant a "song" (not really a proper tune or anything) that is supposed to keep people healthy.

Nowadays of course it is not about bad spirits but just candy... And we do not have a different option for boys, so if you want candy, you have to be a witch. It isn't so bad though, because in Lapland at least witches were traditionally men.