On February 5th in Finland the flags are flying with great pride to honor Johan Ludvig Runeberg. He was a famous Finnish idealistic poet in the 1800s. He wrote his poetry in Swedish. I guess he would be called what they say here a “SwedishFinn”.
His poetry showed his great love of the Finnish landscape and the persistent Finnish people of the backwoods. He also wrote the epic poem “Tales of Ensign Stål”. This poem was about the Finland War in 1808-09 and the bravery of soldiers. The first poem became the Finnish National Anthem, “Our land (Maamme)”.
On this day the Finns eat “Runeberg’s tarts”. The little cakes are named after him. They were created in Porvoo. He would go to a cafe and eat this dry bun with some punch. Most Finns might make these buns themselves, but almost all the markets carry them. Some dayschools will be baking these today to celebrate. I picked up our Runebergin tortut’s at Stockmanns for dessert tonight.
If you visit Helsinki you can see his statue in the Esplandi Park. A lot of tourist probably have taken a picture of this statue including us. We chuckle because there always seems to be a seagull standing on his head.
I took a picture of the Finnish flag flying outside of Ella’s school in the beautiful snow storm we are having today. I also took a picture of the tarts.