Finlandia’s campus was filled with the buzz of midwinter spirit as patrons gathered at FinnU’s Finnish American Heritage Center and North Wind Books to celebrate the return of Heikinpäivä in 2023. Following the traditional parade, festivities on campus included wife-carrying competitions, kicksleds, a costumed circle dance, and a market.
Check out some of our favorite moments from all of the activities!
Finlandia celebrates halfway point of winter with community
One of the events headlining Saturday’s festival was Karhunpeijäiset – a circle dance with costumed parade participants.
After a two-year hiatus, Finlandia University was again able to host the patrons of Heikinpäivä at the Finnish American Heritage Center and North Wind Books to celebrate all the quirks and qualities of the Finnish people and their descendants in the region. This festival, which has been taking place mid-winter for more than [...]
Sirkka Tuomi Holm was born just days before women earned the right to vote in the United States, a point her father considered vitally important and reminded her of it frequently. Her activism started then, and didn’t ever stop.
Holm, who died in October 2020 at age 100, was a walking, talking, living history book. From her grandfather fighting for the Reds during the Finnish Civil War, to her immigrant parents’ involvement in labor strikes, to being trailed by the FBI [...]
A Finnish-American Mid-Winter Festival
Until February 14
Snowflake Challenge with Ginger Alberti |1:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Sew Cranky
Heikinpäivä Snowflake Challenge project, for everyone, beginners too! Learn to quickly sew a pattern on a black felt square (with an antique hand crank sewing machine), which is then entered into the contest with cash and gift certificate prizes! $3 to enter. All ages. Winners in all skill levels. If bringing a group, or with general questions please call (818) 606-0065.
Click on each class title for more information and online registration. As with all of our classes, advanced registration is required. Need financial assistance? A limited number of scholarships are [...]
It’s hard to believe, but we have just one more workshop left on our 2022 calendar before the new year begins. Finnish musician Lotta Hagfors will teach an online singing workshop for the FAFS December 10-11. [...]
Munger recently released the final book in his historical trilogy, Kotimaa. In his new release, readers follow immigrant Anders Alhomaki on his journey from Finland to Minnesota in the 1890s to Finland’s Centennial Independence Day.
“The first two novels in the trilogy have been popular in the Finnish-American community,” said [...]
The Community Pelimannit (“fiddlers” in Finnish) offers the opportunity to experience the rich Finnish musical heritage of the Upper Peninsula by providing quality fiddle instruction in a fun, supportive group learning environment. Classes are open to the community, and to all levels of playing experience. Participants will learn a variety of Finnish fiddle tunes, develop [...]
Dropping by the Finlandia Fridays studios this chilly week are Finnish interns Meeri Kataja and Riina Rastas. Both Kataja and Rastas are working in the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). The FAHC brings in Finnish interns throughout the year to bring in another aspect of Finnish culture to the university and the local area.
Kataja is from Espoo, the second largest city, located near Helsinki. Studying at the University of Helsinki Social Sciences, Kataja is assisting down in the archives [...]
All employees and students at Finlandia University are invited to join in the Heikinpäivä 2019 parade on Saturday in downtown Hancock. The parade begins at 11 a.m., and those interested in marching should plan to arrive around 10:30. The group will gather near the former Bridge School building on on Quincy Street (see map below).