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Teaser letters - a Danish Easter tradition

The Danish Easter tradition with teaser letters - gækkebreve - is still kept all over Denmark. A Danish Easter tradition for children as well as adults - all can participate in the guessing game. Send beautiful homemade teasing letters and test your friends and family members: can they guess your name - or will you get an Easter egg?

Where does the Danish tradition with teasing letters - gækkebreve - come from?

The Danish Easter tradition with the teasing letters - gækkebreve - is originally a German tradition with socalled knot letters. They were send in Denmark from 1600 and to 1800. The tradition was that the receiver of the letter should loosen up a knot or solve a riddle that was placed in the letter.

In 1800 the more commercialised letters came in special paper with laces and colours and each year around Easter a book was published with teaser verses.

The teaser letters today

Today the idea with the teaser letter - gækkebreve - is that especially children make their own letters from paper and write teaser verses with number of dots of the receiver on the letter. Once the receiver receives the letter, he has to guess the sender. If he doesn't guess the sender after three guesses, the receiver owes the sender an Easter egg - and the other way around if the receiver guesses the name of the sender. A fun little Easter game for all - children as well as grown-ups.

Find paper and scissors and send a teaser letter to friends and family. Find inspiration for Danish Easter verses here. The more letters you send, the more Easter eggs you may win.

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