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FACA Program: Laskiainen Celebration

February 15 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for the annual Laskiainen Celebration!  Enjoy a hot bowl of pea soup along with a hearty potluck feast, lively music for listening and dancing with Ralph Tuttila and Finn Hall, and an engaging demonstration of Finnish-American folk-dancing by Kisarit!

FACA Board members will supply a variety of hernekeitto (pea soup), and there will be plenty of hyvää kahvia. Other guests please bring a dish to share.

Laskiainen origins dates back to pre-Christian times when it was a Flax festival – signaling the time to put away the spinning wheels, and time to begin the weaving and thinking of the spring planting.  It was later associated with Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, and it heralded the beginning of Lent.

Sledding is an important part of Finland’s celebration. (Laskiainen means “sliding down”, and the longer you slide, the taller your flax will grow!)  There will be no sledding Friday night, but spirited music and dancing with FinnHall and Kisarit!   

When: February 15th 2019, Friday 7:00 PM
Where: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave., St. Paul (across from the Minnesota State Fair grounds).


February 15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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International Institute of MN
1694 Como Ave
St. Paul, MN United States
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