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Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light

Traditions of Finland bring warmth and light | Finland | Scoop.it

" To understand why the holidays are so important to Finnish families - indeed, to everyone of Scandinavian background - consider the context.

So many of my food memories of Finland are vivid summer ones - freshly smoked salmon, just-picked forest blueberries and moccasin-shaped Karelian pastries, all in a country so close to the Arctic Circle that the estival sun shines until midnight.

In winter, the script is entirely flipped. The freezing temperatures limit food options to meats, cured fish, root vegetables, pickles and preserves. The sea is iced over, so fresh fish - so abundant in the summer - is in short supply. And if snow is late, winter in Finland is an especially dark time. Perhaps that's the reason Scandinavians place such importance on the holiday season inside their homes."

 

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Finnish Funnel Cake and Lemon Soda - Saveur.com

Finnish Funnel Cake and Lemon Soda - Saveur.com | Finland | Scoop.it
In Finland, May Day is not complete without tippaleipä, a funnel cake only sold around May Day, and a glass of sima, a home-brewed soda made with lemon and honey.

 

The national holiday is a celebration of "worker's day," but it also marks the arrival of spring and the end of yet another long, dark winter. For kids,Vappu is all about visiting the outdoor May Day markets in the city, where knickknacks of every type are sold, from whistles to big helium balloons.  

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Julia_Ryu's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:04 AM

Today is “worker's day” and this day Finnish people eat this soda with donuts. I want to try this food next worker's day! :) isn't it look so delicious? 

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Ravenous | Sotkamo in Midsummer

Ravenous | Sotkamo in Midsummer | Finland | Scoop.it
A true Finnish summer means roaring bonfires, wood-heated saunas, alcohol and delicious, hot smoked salmon.

 

A mist floats over a lake bordered by lodgepole pines, towering spruces and birch trees dotted with young leaves. I can see my breath. I have on a sweater, a quilted jacket and a wool hat and scarf. A bonfire is crackling nearby for added warmth; it’s past midnight and the sun has just dipped into the lake, leaving behind twilight. The sun will rise again in a mere two hours. It’s summertime in Finland...http://nyti.ms/MFNvGg

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Finland celebrates Mother's Day

Finland celebrates Mother's Day | Finland | Scoop.it

A total of 33 lucky mothers are receiving a medal in honour of their service to parenthood.

The honours are being presented a ceremony attended by President Sauli Niinistö and his wife in Helsinki’s House of the Estates.

A honorary medal can be presented to a mother for her contribution as an exemplary parent and for her support of family life.

Mothers can expect today, for example, breakfast in bed, a bunch of flowers or a self-designed card.

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Sima – Traditional Finnish lemon mead « Acquiring taste

Sima – Traditional Finnish lemon mead « Acquiring taste | Finland | Scoop.it
 Today is May Day, Vappu in Finnish. Vappu comes from the Swedish term ”Valborgsmässoafton” (Walpurgis Night) a traditional festival for Spring. The celebration actually begins on the evening of last day of April and continues to 1st of May.
Vappu can be compared to a big street Carnival in Finland, everyone is soooooo happy, go out to have picnics and party outside. People wear decorative clothes, children get huge colored helium balloons, you can throw serpentines and wear your “yliopilaslakki“, the cap you receive when you graduate in High School (lukio). The same cap is used for “crowning” statues in towns around the country.
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Walpurgis Night - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Walpurgis Night - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish Vappu is next tuesday. So we have from friday to celebrate and the rest of the week to suffer the consequences.
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Palm Sunday brings witches to the door

Palm Sunday brings witches to the door | Finland | Scoop.it

Along with being April Fool's Day, this Sunday is celebrated by Finnish Christians as Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week and the run-up to Easter.

 

Trick-or-treat, Finnish style
Pussy-willow twigs ornamented with bright feathers and tissue paper are used by children who dress as witches, cats or bunnies and go door-to-door collecting sweets. They recite a rhyme wishing the residents health for the following year, and then give them decorated branches in exchange for Easter candy.
Reminiscent of the trick-or-treat tradition in the British Isles and North America, this practice is believed to be a mixture of Orthodox Easter blessing customs from Eastern Finland with pre-Christian rituals from Western Finland and Scandinavia.

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4th graders have a ball at Independence Day bash - YLE News

4th graders have a ball at Independence Day bash - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it

This year that grown-up ball will take place in Tampere, as the president's official residence is undergoing renovation work.

The event gathers pupils from across the city at Finlandia Hall. Children practice dances  and party etiquette throughout the autumn term to prepare for the party, which mimics the formal reception that is normally held each year at the Presidential Palace.

This year that grown-up ball will take place in Tampere, as the president’s official residence is undergoing renovation work. The kids stayed in their normal spot however, and took over Finlandia Hall near Töölönlahti as usual.

It was the 17 time the event was organised, and Helsinki mayor Jussi Pajunen was hosting for the ninth year in a row. Some 5,100 children accepted his invtiation, around 200 more than in 2012.

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Taking the Finnish rest cure - Boston Globe

Taking the Finnish rest cure - Boston Globe | Finland | Scoop.it
 Summer in Finland is a brief, perfect moment made of a soothing sun that shines well into the night, scudding white and purple clouds, and birches and evergreens tossing in a lilting breeze. From the moment the sun begins its ascent into the sky in May, Finns escape to their cottages, retreats handed down through generations.

During our several visits to Finland, many of them artist residencies, we often ecountered friends and acquaintances on a Friday afternoon outside the market, where, pausing to stock up on essentials, they murmured something about hurrying off to the mökki, rustic cottages outfitted with wood-burning saunas. In early spring we had sailed through the iced archipelago between Helsinki and Stockholm, admiring the red and brown wood cottages dotting the myriad islands. But even more lay just a few hours away to the north, in the wonders of the lake region in a country lousy with lakes — 187,000 to be exact.

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International greetings | Facebook

International greetings | Facebook | Finland | Scoop.it

Lovely Mother's day to you all!!! Right now Anemone nemorosa is blooming in Finland. It is a Finnish Mother's day tradition to pick these and give a beautiful bouquet to your mother.

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HelsinkiIn: A cap for Amanda

HelsinkiIn: A cap for Amanda | Finland | Scoop.it
At Vappu the student cap is put on Havis Amanda statue. A must see if you are in Helsinki at that time.
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Thousands watch Via Crucis in Helsinki

Thousands watch Via Crucis in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it

The traditional Via Crucis, or ’Way of the Cross’ play will be shown in various localities this year. In Helsinki the play ended on the steps of the Cathedral in Senaatintori after a procession through the centre of the city.

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