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Virpominen: Easter Traditions in Finland - Saveur.com

Virpominen: Easter Traditions in Finland - Saveur.com | Finland | Scoop.it

Growing up in Finland, Easter was always one of my favorite holidays. I remember spending the four-day weekend together with my family, playing outside in search of the first signs of spring, crafting Easter cards, and decorating eggs. But as a real sweet tooth, my favorite part of the festivities wasvirpominen, when all the children in the neighborhood dress up like trulli, or witches, and carry brightly-decorated willow branches door-to-door to wish "Happy Easter!" to their neighbors, receiving candies in return.

Most children recite a rhyme at the door: 

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! 
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A guide to Finnish customs and manners - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society

A guide to Finnish customs and manners - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Society | Finland | Scoop.it
Get to know the Finns with our abbreviated but thorough guide – a starter kit for keeping up with the Finnish culture.
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1st of May Celebrated

1st of May Celebrated | Finland | Scoop.it
In Helsinki, the carnival-like holiday kicked off at 5 PM when representatives of the student body of Aalto University and of the Association of Economics Students in Helsinki carried out the tradition of washing the Havis Amanda statue by the south harbour before placing a white student cap on its head an hour later.
Similar traditions are observed in other parts of the country, and everywhere are followed by a night of parties and merrymaking.
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Video: Easter bonfires burn bright on Holy Saturday

Video: Easter bonfires burn bright on Holy Saturday | Finland | Scoop.it
According to Finnish tradition, Holy Saturday is a night of mischief and mayhem caused by trolls and witches. Bonfires are the traditional way to hold them at bay.
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Finland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Etiquette (Culture Smart!) | 4for3: Get 4 Just Pay 3

Finland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Etiquette (Culture Smart!) | 4for3: Get 4 Just Pay 3 | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Etiquette (Culture Smart!) Reviews

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.
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No Christening for One in Five Finnish Babies

No Christening for One in Five Finnish Babies | Finland | Scoop.it
YLE News: No Christening for One in Five Finnish Babies http://dlvr.it/QH8K8...
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