It’s St. Urho’s Day!

And who among us is immune to the excitement?

St. Urho, Epic Hero of the Finns since, oh, the 1950s or so!

St.  Urho, who drove the crickets from Finland with the mystic words, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!”

St. Urho, subject of a marketing campaign by Finns jealous of all the press St. Patrick gets!

As an Irishman, I do not begrudge our Finnish brethren their (slightly shorter) day in the sun.

Hail St. Urho!

  • A P O’BEACHA’IN

    do you have a care-giver to remind you to take your medicines Mark and take a nap when your little brain is tired. would ST URBO be the one to whom Papa Francisco will give the Easter blessing URBI the city and ORBO the Finns? OR ORBI the entire world??

  • Timbot2000

    Heinasirkka, heinasirkka mena taalta hiteen!

    • Mark Shea

      Impressive!

  • Dale

    St. Urho drove the grasshoppers from Finland, but unfortunately they came back! And they are thriving, since Finland remains a good climate for these creatures of God.
    http://www.sainturho.com/books/grasshoppers.htm

    In Ireland, according to a recent article in the New York Times, the snakes in Ireland are all recent introductions, primarily from pets abandoned during the economic downturn. Since the climate of Ireland remains cold and wet, the snakes are not expected to become established.

    I am not sure what this all means, other than Finland needs the help of St. Urho once again.

  • Kathy Wikman

    Yes, and all good St. Urhoites are supposed to wear PURPLE!

  • AquinasGirl

    As a woman of Finnish descent, I ask you all to overlook this bit of Finnish silliness and concentrate on the more awesome pieces of Finnish culture/history, like fighting and beating the Soviets.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Suomussalmi

    • Dale (not Ahlquist)

      AquinasGirl, yes, the entire Winter War is an awe-inspiring episode of World War II history that too few Americans are aware of. Shortly after the Soviet (and German) annexation of Poland, Finland was invaded by the Soviet Union. Despite being isolated from any support from allies, tiny Finland fought the mighty Soviet military to a standstill during the winter of 1939-1940.

      Since this war took place in winter, however, no grasshoppers were involved.

  • midwestlady
    • midwestlady

      Yes, I know its the *Swedish* chef. I’m not going to put Eino & Toivo jokes on your page.


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