Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!"

Happy Saint Urho's Day!

For those of you not "in the know", it is basically a made-up holiday. The Finns (my people) in America were feeling bad about not having a cool holiday like St. Patrick's day, so they made one up!

It basically involves a very original and creative story about a guy (St. Urho) driving all the grasshoppers out of Finland and saving the grape crops. Pretty awesome, huh?



The Task of Saint Urho by BernardFazling (click to visit source page)




 


Happy St. Urho Underwear Day by FireBert101 (click to visit source page)

I dedicate this post to the memory of my grandma and grandpa, who were awesome Finnish people. They always argued in Finnish, so us kids couldn't understand what they were saying. My grandpa also used to put some peaches in a bowl and pour milk on them, and leave them out on the kitchen table overnight. He'd then wake up and eat the peaches and sour milk for breakfast. Some day, I will work up the courage to try this myself.

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