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.
Have sun in your hearts!