On Friday of this week English Class second graders made traditional folklore swishing switches for Palm Sunday.
First they folded strips of paper into accordian-like shapes to create colourful catkins to hang from the branches.
Then the pupils added brightly coloured feathers to added to their pussy willow branches. This tradition goes way back in history to Eastern Finland where children would dress up as Easter witches and then, carrying a bunch of decorated Easter switches, they would visit neighbouring farms. At each homestead the children would swish the switches in the air as they chanted a verse that would wish good fortune and health for the year to come. The farmer would keep the switch and usually hang it over the barn door for good luck and prosperity. The children would then return to the farm the following Sunday, Easter Sunday, to receive an Easter egg as a reward for the swishing. Happy Palm Sunday to all of our blog readers!