Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St Urho’s Day

Take the day off, sit around in your purple underwear and have some Fish Soup and Flatbread. Wave your Finnish Flag!

This is the famous day that the great St. Urho chased the evil grasshoppers out of Finland and the grapes were saved!

We missed the big parade that was held last Saturday..we had ice and then snow covered roads and blizzard warnings..so we stayed home.

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The evil grasshoppers being escorted out of Menahga last year!

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Now for the St. Urho’s Day Poem

Ooksie kooksie kollme vee
Santia Urho is the boy for me
He chase out the hopper as big as pirds
Never before have I heard those words
He really told those bugs of green
Bravest Finn I ever seen
Some celebrate for St. Pat and his snake
But that Urho boy got what it takes
He got tall and strong on feelia sour
And ate Kalla Mojakkaa every hour
Thats why that guy dould chase those beetles
That crew as thick as jack pine needles
So let's give a cheer
in our very best way
On the sixteenth of March
St. Urho's Day!

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Chance and the legendary St Urho!

Snow Stick Report:

March 15 Snowstick

Sorry LynneFtWorth she guessed March 15  and Karen guessed March 16.  The snow is still here.. it is melting but not very fast:)

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20 comments:

  1. I'm making Scandinavian food tomorrow. You just reminded me why! I like things to have a reason, and nonsensical reasons are the very best. Have a delightful special day tomorrow. (Your today now).

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  2. Wow, you're posting early today, which is still tomorrow for me!
    Here's hoping for a really fast melt today/tomorrow.
    Saint Urho's Day....well I learn something new every day.

    And Chance might like to know that my sister, as of last week, is raising a yellow lab pup for a future guide dog for the blind.....called Chance:)

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  3. Thanks for visiting me and directing me to your great blog. I love that you live in a place where they have a St Urdo's parade. I've only just discovered this "holiday".

    Fish and flatbread it is then for supper!

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  4. I think I learned about this guy last year from your blog. Somehow he doesn't seem to be a stranger. He sure makes me smile, though! :-)

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  5. Never heard of this celebration but at least it sounds fun.....

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  6. Happy St Urho..

    My family lines up the Nytes (knights) of St Urho who are responsible for the "changing of the guard" in Menahga.

    Being we're usually "busy" we don't get a lot of pictures.

    If you could forward me some of the Nyte pictures (if you still have them), I'd appreciate it. matachex@yahoo.com

    If you have any questions, I can try and answer they.

    Thanks
    John

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  7. I don't have any grasshoppers for St. Urho to rid me of, but if he could help with my internet connection I would be quite pleased. I might even try the purple undie thing too if it makes a difference. I only have periodic internet access and my already short temper is getting even shorter. Happy St. Urho day!!!

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  8. We'll need St. Urho 'round here in August!!!

    I'd never heard of it 'till ya posted about it last year!!!

    Now where the heck did I put my purple bloomers??? Heehehehe!

    God bless and have a wonderful day! :o)

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  9. I love the fact the you guys celebrate a quirky Finnish holiday in the US!

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  10. And you have made a very impressive header for the occasion! Happy St. Urho's Day.

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  11. Happy St. Urho's Day! Mud would be nice now, I'm sure. At least it would be for me.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  12. I've missed that statue of the dear St. Urho going through Menagha on my way to Mantrap. I'll take a closer look next time. At some point during my mispent youth, I recall taking a sauna there too... only I have no real detailed memory of that particular night. :)

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  13. See I always learn something new from your blog. I have never heard of St Urho's day thanx for the info. As of snow we have hardly any left after the rain we are to get in the next few days it will be all gone, YAAAWHOO ! Have a great day !

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  14. Very interesting. That's the fun of following blogs from around the U.S. We get to learn about different customs and holidays. Thanks for letting us enjoy the celebration and thanks for taking time to tell us about it.

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  15. Happy St Urho's Day!

    http://vielmetti.typepad.com/vacuum/2011/03/happy-st-urhos-day-2011.html

    Of all things, I found the photos and book from the entomologist who studies the grasshoppers and crickets of Finland; apparently he didn't chase all of those bugs out of the country.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/samikarjalainen/sets/72157625937692850/

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  16. Up here in the U.P. of Michigan, we are well acquainted with St.Urho's Day...I am part Finnish and we have a lot of Finnish people that live up here. Eh?

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  17. hey... didn't I say March 21?

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  18. Hi! Funny, I'm not sure how I ended up here.. but must have been randomly surfing.. Someone blogs about my tiny little hometown.. I used to go the the st. urho's day parade every year, and in elementary school my teacher made me read the st. urho sign that is in Finnish, because i have Finnish ancestory. I'd love to hear what I sounded like, not knowing a word of Finn back then..

    today, I have lived in Finland for 10 years so I could read it without mistake ,and actually knowwhat i was reading too..will have to go check it out in August!

    The funny thing is though, is that growing up I always thought St. Urho's day was really a legend from Finland..but nobody knows a thing about it here.. it was made up in Minnesota! Boy was I bummed when I found that out.. kinda like finding out Santa isn't real when you're a kid..

    Anyway, hope you had a happy St. Urho's day..

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  19. Oops, the previous comment was mine.. forgot to log in, here's who I am

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