Monday, 30 March 2015

Bewitched Monday

On Palm Sunday, we have a tradition in Finland, that the children of the neighbourhood dress as witches and come to the houses with budding willow branches, decorated with feathers and strings. They say a little rhyme, and get sweets (usually Easter eggs) in return.  Now Äiti is normally a miserable old witch herself and does not answer the door, until she realised: sticks, feathers, strings  = cat toys!
As soon as they were on the table we were on them!
I am not going to let the burmese have all the fun!
Mesi becomes very possessive.
But Seppo also made his claim on the feathers.
Here's the little rhyme that the witches recite:

                 Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle!
             I wave a twig, for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a reward for me!

In my opinion, it's much more fun that if they visited at Halloween for trick or treat.


Katnip Lounge said...

Mommy says those twigs better not be in the sauna when she beatings for her!

A Tonl said...

How unusual (well, not for you but for us!) We learned something today!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

"budding willow branches, decorated with feathers and strings."? We are pretty sure even TBT wouldnt do that fer US!

HE says that sounds cro-magnonish-cool!

Summer said...

What an awesome (for kitties!) holiday tradition! I'm glad Äiti figured it out and took advantage this year.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Sounds like a win-win situation!
Treats for them, treats for you kittehz.
We hope you get to chew on those branches. We love a good stick!

Happy Monday!

Gigi said...

That is sooooooo weird, King P! We is trying to figure out the Witch-Jesus-Crucifixion-willow branch connections but our brains a-sploded.

Lone Star Cats said...

Sounds like fun!

When the cat is away said...

Hah! I also got branches yesterday. I was thinking about my cats and what they were missing. (On the other hand, this year I still have a nice decoration!) I thought about writing a post on why Finnish cats love Eastern. I wanted to ask you if your cats like the branches, but now I already know the answer. :)

Kari said...

Decorated pussy willows! Could anything be more perfect!? That silly rabbit and bunches of chocolate, which of course we can't eat, is all we've got! The children have done a nice job with their decorations too! Lucky kitties. Good thinking Aiti.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That is a nice tradition, and a big benefit for you kitties.

Just Ducky said...

That is a good tradition. Plus extra cat toys.

Saku said...

That sounds like a fun holiday tradition for you kitties! Twigs, feathers and strings...pawsome.

Have fun efurryone!
Sasha, Sami, & Saku