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Finnish Sliding Festival

Patterned after the traditional event in Finland that celebrates Shrove Tuesday before the beginning of Lent, the Finnish Sliding Festival, or Laskiainen, has been held in White, Minnesota, every winter for more than 50 years. It features two large ice slides, which are constructed at the edge of Loon Lake. People bring their sleds or toboggans for an exciting ride down the slide onto the frozen lake. Other activities at the weekend event include log-sawing contests, Finnish music and dance performances, and traditional Finnish foods such as oven pancakes and pea soup. More...
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A (very) brief history of Laskiainen, Finnish Sliding Festival:



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Laskiainen is generally associated with Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), but in fact has its origins in pre-Christian times. Laskiainen (meaning “to slide down”) was originally a flax festival. Because of its great importance and value, much folklore and legend evolved around the spinning of linen.

Laskiainen marked the end of the spinning (and knitting) season. It also marked the beginning of the season of light and the time to begin weaving (spinning could be done in low light, while weaving required more light). At Laskiainen, spinning wheels were put away.

The sliding was also a part of the linen ritual. The farther your toboggan flew, the taller your flax would grow and the longer your linens would be. As they slid, the people would shriek out magic rhymes calling for long linens for themselves and only short fibers for the neighbors. They also had cries for other crops, such as turnips, peas, or rutabagas. If your toboggan capsized, the summer’s flax crop would be flattened.

http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/2012-01-27/Features/Laskiainen_festival_celebrates_75_years.html
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they love their snow sports
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monamagda wrote:
A (very) brief history of Laskiainen, Finnish Sliding Festival:
Laskiainen is generally associated with Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), but in fact has its origins in pre-Christian times. Laskiainen (meaning “to slide down”) was originally a flax festival. Because of its great importance and value, much folklore and legend evolved around the spinning of linen.

Laskiainen marked the end of the spinning (and knitting) season. It also marked the beginning of the season of light and the time to begin weaving (spinning could be done in low light, while weaving required more light). At Laskiainen, spinning wheels were put away.

The sliding was also a part of the linen ritual. The farther your toboggan flew, the taller your flax would grow and the longer your linens would be. As they slid, the people would shriek out magic rhymes calling for long linens for themselves and only short fibers for the neighbors. They also had cries for other crops, such as turnips, peas, or rutabagas. If your toboggan capsized, the summer’s flax crop would be flattened.

http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/2012-01-27/Features/Laskiainen_festival_celebrates_75_years.html


Interesting as ever, monamagda. Another local pagan celebration which has become associated with Christianity.
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THAT LOOKS FUN!
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The Snow Bowl in Camden is Feb 28th. If you miss it, the Card Board Box Derby takes off in March. Great fun!
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And let us not forget the Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix on September 13th.
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In Finland, the Mardi Gras - while riding a rollercoaster



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В Финляндии Масленица — время катания с горок
Eсли в современной русской традиции Масленица носит прежде всего гастрономический характер, то в Финляндии даже ее название, имеющее общий корень со словом «кататься с горки», указывает на то, что для финнов этот процесс связан с гуляньями и здоровым образом жизни. Впрочем, изобильная «гастрономическая составляющая» не оставляет им другого выбора.

(If in today's Russian traditions of Mardi Gras is primarily gastronomic character, in Finland, even its name, which has a common root with the word "ride a roller coaster," it indicates that for the Finns, this process is associated with festivities and a healthy lifestyle. However, the abundant 'gastronomic component "does not leave them any other choice.) Translated by Google




http://mariuver.com/2011/03/05/fin-maslenica/#more-22046
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