Easter on Ærø
Easter Saturday is one of the most important days
of the year, because this is the day when
we boil eggs on the beach. If you arrive on Ærø on this day, you needn’t be
surprised to find the streets empty – (almost) all of the islanders are at the beach. In Ærøskøbing museums are closed (a rare exception) and a note on the door announces: – »We are boiling eggs!« In great numbers everybody on the island gathers in groups, not just the locals, also friends and
acquaintances from off the island go on a pilgrimage to the beach every year.
How old is this tradition? It is a known fact that around the year 1900 the eldest children went from farm to farm on Easter Saturday, sang to the
families and were given eggs in return. Then they took the eggs to the beach and boiled them in sea water.
The groups sit at the beach around a camp fire, often three generations participate. Eggs are boiled, sausages are grilled and beer is consumed. Friendships made in this way often last for
life, even if only in connection with this single occasion. On Easter Saturday, young and old are allowed to get soiled and get a little out of line. The
weather is no hindrance. If it’s windy, you find a
sheltered place. Come rain or come snow: eggs
must be boiled on the beaches of Ærø.
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