Tivoli is a fun place to visit over Easter. Photo: Marie Hald/Ritzau Scanpix
The påskefrokost, or Easter lunch, is a must for most Danes. Some families have Easter lunches at a restaurant, but most people invite family and friends to their homes.
Påskefrokost lasts most of the afternoon and is a mixture of lunch and dinner (or even breakfast).
The food will include ryebread (of course), eggs, cress, breaded fried fish, different kinds of herring, a variety of cheese, sliced meats and liver pâté (leverpostej). Lamb is also a typical dish for this time of year.
The drinks will include Easter beers. All breweries begin releasing their Påskebryg (Easter brew) in the run up to Easter claiming it to be stronger and tastier than the average beer.
There will also be snaps, or “en lille en,” a northern European kind of flavoured spirit (could be akvavit), which is drunk in one-go and accompanied by a cheerful “Skåål!”
If you’re invited to a påskefrokost, remember to bring a bottle of wine or some flowers and arrive on time.
Making a gækkebrev (or several) is a standard activity for Danish children. The idea is to design a letter in the basic shape of a snowflake that includes a rhyming riddle and a snowdrop. Children will not sign their names on the letter, but will instead put one dot for every letter in their name.
Recipients then have to guess who sent them the letter. If they guess right, the sender has to give them a chocolate egg. If they don’t guess the sender’s identity, then the recipient has to give the egg. Pro tip: You’ll almost certainly know which child sent it to you but play along and give them the chocolate.