Maundy Thursday, in Swedish Folklore, was the day that witches flew off on their broomsticks to pay their respects to the devil, returning on the following Saturday. Good law-abiding citizens used to protect themselves from all this evil zooming through the skies – by lighting bon fires, letting off firearms and painting crosses on doors.
The witch motif has endured and finds a humorous expression in Easter cards and table decorations. The Children love to dress up as Easter witches. They daub their little faces with red, put on a long skirt with a bright kerchief on their head and fortified with a long broomstick and horn, or an old copper coffee pot – they run fun from door to door chanting "Lad Pask" (Happy Easter) while hoping for treats.