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TRADITIONS: Holidays, Food and Drink
Transcript of TRADITIONS: Holidays, Food and Drink
Holidays, Food and Drinks Bea Cristina Mario FESTIVITIES
OTHER EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FESTIVALS Air Guitar World Championships WIFE CARRYING MOBILE PHONE THROWING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOOT THROWING (SAAPPAANHEITTO) SAUNA CHAMPIONSHIP HOLIDAYS Finnish Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä) December 6th Finland's Independence Day is a very solemn, commemorative, and ceremonial day. Finns stays at home, have a sauna and light candles.
Finns will spend the evening sitting in front of the television watching the Independence Day Ball at the President's Palace. Little Christmas (Pikkujoulu) It's the kickoff of the Christmas season, usually commencing at the end of November or beginning of December. In Pikkujoulu is often the typical office Christmas party.
Is usually associated with long parties and alcohol as the main character.
The goal is people to meet, at night or going out for dinner and also during the afternoon to take the typical Christmas products as glögi (is wine, red wine, mixed with spices and served hot or warm. Christmas Finnish Christmas is another solemn, peaceful, and ceremonial holiday. You drink glögi, eat ham, decorate the Christmas tree, and write letters to Santa. December 24th, 25th, and 26th Santa Claus About a hundred years ago, a passer-by started spreading the word about Korvatunturi (Ear Mountain) and the existence of its inhabitants. Santa wanted to safeguard the tranquillity of his secret hiding place and came up with a superb idea that also allowed him to meet people who love Christmas and his many friends who come to greet him. It was around half a century ago that Santa Claus started to frequently visit the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi.
From the turn of the millennium, the Lappish centre for Christmas, the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle became the most spectacular Santa Claus destination in Scandinavia. Easter The arrival of spring is already something that is noticeable in the environment, the Finns like to "help" nature to be reborn, and decorate windows with plants and herbs. On Sunday, children go from house to house reciting a traditional rhyme and change decorated sticks for candies. This time of year people decorate Easter eggs, and prepare traditional meals like "Mämmi"
Generally mämmi is eaten cold with either milk or cream and sugar, and less commonly with vanilla sauce. It is also eaten by some spread on top of a slice of bread. There is a Finnish society for mämmi founded by Ahmed Ladarsi, the former chef at the Italian Embassy in Helsinki, who claims that there are around fifty recipes containing mämmi. JUHANNUS Midsummer is the festival of the begginig of the summer. Families take holidays and go to wooden houses or summer houses, where they would spend weeks in the forests or in the costs of lakes. Saint’s John night, the 24 of June, receives the name of Juhannus and it is celebrated with bonfires in the costs. This bonfires are called kokko and can be small or huge ones.
The celebration of Midsummer's Eve (St. John's Eve among Christians) was from ancient times a festival of the summer solstice. Bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits which were believed to roam freely when the sun was turning southwards again.
Many music festivals of all sizes are organized on the Midsummer weekend. It is also common to start summer holidays on Midsummer day. Vappu In Finland, Vappu is one of the four biggest holidays. Vappu is the biggest carnival-style festival held in the streets of Finland's towns and cities. The celebration begins on the evening of 30 April and continues to 1 May. Student traditions, particularly those of the engineering students, are one of the main characteristics of Vappu. Since the end of the 19th century this traditional upper-class feast has been appropriated by university students.
Expanding from the parties of the left, the whole of the Finnish political scene has adopted Vappu as the day to go out on stumps and agitate. This includes not only political activists.
Traditionally, 1 May is celebrated by a picnic in a park. For most, the picnic is enjoyed with friends on a blanket with good food and sparkling wine. Sleepyhead Day DRINKS NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS Thanks to its thousands of lakes, Finland has plenty of water supplies and tap water is always potable. The usual soft drinks and juices are widely available, but look out for a wide array of berry juices (marjamehu), especially in summer, as well as Pommac, an unusual soda made from (according to the label) "mixed fruits", which you'll either love or hate. ALCOHOLIC DRINKS Beer (olut) Beer (olut) is by far the most common mild alcohol drink in Finland and a firm favorite among students. Finnish beers are mostly light lagers with only minute differences in taste from one brand to the other. Long Drink (lonkero or lonkku) Lonkero is a Finnish curiosity and you can not find them anywhere else than here and some regions of Sweden. Long drinks are gin based sparkling mixes: the traditional one contains grape,
Long drinks were originally made for the Helsinki olympics of 1952. The local bars and restaurants feared that they would have to spend too much time mixing coctails and special drinks so they prepared vast amounts of long drinks to have something ready when the customers arrived. Cider Cider in Finland are sweeter than in many other regions. Siders only arrived in Finland in the 1990's.
They typically contain 4,5-4,7%vol of alcohol. Virtually all Finnish cider is produced from fermented apple (or pear) juice concentrate and comes in a variety of flavours ranging from forest berries to rhubarb and vanilla. Salmiakkikoskenkorva It is made from disolving salty-liquorice drops into strong spirits. The final product is an intense black liquid with a stingy smell, with an alcohol persentage between 20 and 32.