March 16, 2014
St. Urho's Day
Happy St. Urho's Day!
For those not in the know:
St. Urho's Day is celebrated on March 16th, the day prior to the better known feast of some minor saint from Ireland, who was alleged to have driven the snakes from that island.
The legend of St. Urho says he chased the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland, thus saving the grape crop and the jobs of Finnish vineyard workers. He did this by uttering the phrase: "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen" (roughly translated: "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to Hell!")
I photographed this grasshopper in September back before the Long Winter set in.
FYI: The tongue-in-cheek legend of St. Urho originated right here in Northern Minnesota in the 1950s. (Finland still has grasshoppers, and they aren't known for growing grapes.)
St. Urho's Day is widely celebrated across Finnish settled areas of MN. I associate the day with community centers hosting pancake breakfasts, and wearing purple & green (traditional St. Urho's colors.)
In honor of St. Patrick and St. Urho - here's a photo of my shamrock in bloom on our kitchen window sill.. descending from the shamrock my great grandmother brought from Finland.
May Irish eyes be smiling
and Finnish hearts be light.
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