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Johan Julius Christian "Jean" - "Janne" Sibelius

Posted 1 Day Ago at 11:33 PM by Aleksis Kivi
8 December 1865–20 September 1957

Finnish composer of the later Romantic period and one of the most notable composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

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Joulupukki

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Joulupukki is a traditional character associated with Christmas in Finnish culture.

The name Joulupukki literally means Yule Goat.

The Finnish word "pukki" comes from the Swedish "bock"

Joulupukki's workshop is situated in Korvatunturi.

He nocks on the front door during the Christmas eve celebration (not coming through the chemney).

Joulupukki has a wife, Joulumuori ("Old Lady Christmas")

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Karelian pies

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Traditional pasties from the region of Karelia

The common fillings in old times were barley and talkkuna.

In the 19th century they were first introduced potato and buckwheat as new fillings, and later due to trade, also rice and millet.

Recipe can be found here

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Kantele - Finnish Music Instrument

Posted 1 Day Ago at 11:02 PM by Aleksis Kivi
Kantele is a Finnish traditional plucked string instrument.

Oldest forms of kantele have 5 or 6 horsehair strings

Modern concert kanteles can have up to 40 strings.

The kantele has a distinctive bell-like sound.

Players hold the instrument in their laps or on a small table.

Two main techniques to play:
-Plucking the strings with their fingers
-Strumming unstopped strings

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Mämmi - Memma - Traditional Finnish Easter Dessert

Posted 1 Day Ago at 10:55 PM by Aleksis Kivi
Mämmi is made from water, rye flour and powdered rye malt, seasoned with dark molasses, salt and dried, powdered Seville orange peel.

Mämmi is eaten cold with either cream and sugar, vanilla sauce or vanilla ice-cream. It is also eaten spread on top of a slice of bread.

Recipe can be found here


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