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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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St. Urho's Day

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the United States was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. More...
Ray41
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:40:26 AM

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The similarities between this day and St. Patrick's Day, observed on March 17, can hardly be overlooked. St. Patrick, who is believed to have driven the snakes out of Ireland, is widely regarded as a rival to St. Urho and his grasshoppers.


I would prefer to have St. Urho here in Australia to get rid of our crop destroying grasshoppers, rather than St. Patrick.Think

Snakes do not ruin our crops.Whistle
curmudgeonine
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 9:21:01 AM

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Yes, grasshoppers can be such destructive creatures. Some reasons for holidays seem bizarre upon first hearing of them
Luker4
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kenturner1
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 9:05:46 PM

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I like grape juice and the green and purple color combo.
Marguerite
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:21:26 AM

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What Saint Urho did is treated as a joke but mark my words one day we will again see swarms of locust and other insects wipe out our crops.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 5:23:23 AM

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I think this is a Finno-Irish plot to have two consecutive days to drink beer.
Whistle
socratoad
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 8:41:43 AM

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Grasshopper Green is a comical chap
Dressed in the best of wear
Bright little trousers jacket and cap
That is his summer fare

Out in the meadow he loves to go
Playing away in the sun
Its hoppity skippity high and low
Summers the time for fun
striker
Posted: Monday, March 16, 2015 10:55:59 AM
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grasshopper can really devastate crops
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