I really enjoy the long Holiday weekends in Finland and Easter is no exception. Both Friday and Monday are official Holidays, making Easter a 4-day weekend in Finland. In the United States some people get "Good Friday" off while others just have a normal 2-day weekend. In Finland, most of the businesses shut down on the long weekend (with exception to Saturday) so many people leave town for vacation. In Finland most people already get 5-6 weeks of vacation, so these long weekends are a nice addition to the already generous time off policies. Many folks I had spoken to decided to go downhill skiing in Northern Finland and there is usually still plenty of snow up there at this time of year.
It recently got a bit colder and snowed a little bit on Palm Sunday and remained cool (25-38 F) during the entire week leading up to Easter. The Finns said that these brief returns to Winter during Spring are common, and they call them "Takaisin Talvi" or "Back Winter". Old Man Winter may have reared his ugly head again and placed Spring on hold, but the days are longer, the sun is out and the snow has almost all melted. You can definitely feel Spring in the air, and now I am just waiting for the warmer barometer to stay longer.