05 helmikuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #125 - Month of Pearls


A real winter continues: snow, freezing cold, yet also sun occasionally.
Over the weekend it is forecast almost - 20 C also in Southern Finland.

The word February comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa, during which people were ritually washed. 
In many languages the name of February is of this origin: 
februari in Swedish, Februar in German, febrero in Spanish, février in French 
and febbraio in Italian. 

But this was not good for us Finns, we wanted to be original! In Finnish it is Helmikuu, meaning a month of pearls or beads. It is said the name came from the iced beads of tree branches, which are formed now and then in southern Finland when the frost suddenly tightens again. 

Finnish celebrations in this short month:
5th Runeberg Day in honour of our national poet J. .L. Runeberg
6th The Sàmi National Day
14th Shrove Sunday, Valentine’s Day
28th Kalevala Day



February is just plain malicious. It knows your defenses are down. 
Katherine Paterson



Today we celebrate in Finland our national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) 
- and maybe shall enjoy this fattening pastry named after him: Runeberg pastry. 


A sunny yellow Primula keeps me company on my desk.


Have sun in your hearts!

❤︎❤︎❤︎



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23 kommenttia:

  1. The naming makes sense. Primula is lovely!

    VastaaPoista
  2. Beautiful flowers in your home against a malevolent month (I've never liked february!)... and a yummy pastry...send you a few degrees of warmth (we will have only -8° here)

    VastaaPoista
  3. Es ist toll, den Februar gerne mit den Perlen der Eiskristalle zu vergleichen. Deine kleinen Blumen sind heute wieder so schön. Besonders gut gefällt mir die weiße Primel. Ich habe mir auch schon eine gekauft, alle so schön frühlingshaft.
    Alles Gute und viele Grüße Eva, die dir ein schönes Wochenende wünscht.

    VastaaPoista
  4. So we have...cause here it will be the second rainy day and for sure the Teide is having snow again. To have the sun in the heart is always good.

    That is interesting with February and you named it. Sounds different but also pretty, especially the "month of the pearls" I like it and on your pic from the tree with the fantastic blue sky it seems to be that way ;-)

    Pretty flowers, and are these little cake in the pictures?

    Wishing you a good start into the weekend. Make yourself cosy at home with Sissi on your lab♥

    Greetings and hugs

    Nova

    VastaaPoista
  5. Kauniita asetelmia! Kauniisti on myös lumi asettunut puiden oksille, todella graafisia taideteoksia joka puolella. Ihanaa viikonloppua!

    VastaaPoista
  6. Hi Riitta!

    Jag översätter med Google ;-)

    Jag googlade en gång receptet för Runeberg-tartlets. De ser inte bara läckra ut, de ser också mycket goda ut. Gör du det själv?

    Ditt blomsterarrangemang är trevligt igen. Du har ett skick för det!

    Ha en trevlig helg
    önskar dig Anne

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Hej Anne, jag svarar på engelska.

      Runeberg pastries are really delicious, rich in fat and sugar. I don't bake them myself, in groceries there are many varieties available. If I baked them myself, I would eat them all :) They are irrisistible! Thank you for your comment, hava a nice weekend.

      Poista
  7. Grüße aus dem frühlingshaft temperierten Köln!
    Astrid

    VastaaPoista
  8. Beautiful flowers. Month of Pearls is a lovely name for February. Gorgeous Primula.

    VastaaPoista
  9. Hyvää Runebergin päivää!

    VastaaPoista
  10. Dear Riitta,
    yes, in Finland you really have your own words for EVERYTHING (I still remember my amazement when I discovered that in your country telephone is called puhelin :-)) A month of pearls or beads definitely sounds very poetic! Your white, delicate bouquet also exudes poetry. And the Runeberg pastry looks delicious! Your sunny yellow Primula will definitely generate good energy while working :-)
    Hugs and best wishes, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/02/fahrt-mit-der-salzbergbahn-und.html

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. You are so right Traude! Finnish has nothing else common with Germanic languages except numerous loan words, mostly from English and Swedish. Wishing a lovely weekend.

      Poista
  11. Das passt gut. Ich habe gerade ein Rezept für diesen Kuchen gefunden. Sehr verlockend genauso wie der herrliche Blumenstrauß.
    LG
    Magdalena

    VastaaPoista
  12. ...the key to happiness is trying to find the pearls that surround you!

    VastaaPoista
  13. In this February we are having plenty of pearls...
    Happy weekend, Riitta!

    VastaaPoista
  14. In so many ways you are showing me the Finnish have such a different culture (and life) from Western Europe, but i like it! Wow, all these feasts in February:) Pearls is a beautiful signature of the month. Have a lovely pearly weekend, Riitta, Jesh

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. It is only our language Jesh. Finland is a Western country belonging to European Union, we are not Russians and don't like what Mr. Putin does :)

      Poista
  15. ein wunderschöner winterlicher strauß! dazu passen eisperlen an den ästen besonders gut. ich hatte solche auch gerade an meiner wäscheleine :)!
    die kleine primel ist so schön, ich habe zwei in lachsrosé, die mag ich auch sehr. und rosa und rote tulpen. leider vergesse ich immer, sie für den friday bliss mal zu fotografieren...
    ich bin gespannt, was uns jetzt der wintereinbruch so bescheren wird!! minus 20 grad hoffentlich nicht!!
    liebe grüße, ich wünsche dir eine schöne winterlandschaft!
    mano

    VastaaPoista
  16. Lovely flowers! I like the idea of a month of pearls.

    VastaaPoista
  17. Liebe Riitta,
    was Du über den Februar geschrieben hast ist sehr interessant und ich wusste das noch nicht. Die Bilder mit den schneebedeckten Ästen gefallen mir sehr gut. Hier bei uns liegt kein Schnee mehr, aber vielleicht kommt der Winter jetzt zurück, es soll sehr kalt werden.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Wolfgang

    VastaaPoista
  18. Primula looks gorgeous. We have -2C and it's very cold for me :)
    Stay in health.

    VastaaPoista

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