New Years Eve

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I’ve just been checking out what New Year’s Eve here in Finland is all about, and here is an edited version of what Wikipedia has to say on the subject:

In Finland, New Year’s Eve is usually celebrated with family or friends. Late supper is served, often featuring wieners, Janssonin kiusaus, and potato salad. Some municipalities organize fireworks at midnight and consumer fireworks are also very popular. An interesting Finnish tradition is molybdomancy – to tell the fortunes of the New Year by melting “tin” (actually lead) in a tiny pan on the stove and throwing it quickly into a bucket of cold water. The resulting blob of metal is analyzed, for example by interpreting the shadows it casts by candlelight.

The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE broadcasts the reception of the New Year at Helsinki Senate Square. Countdown to New Year is with the Helsinki Cathedral clock. At some point, the comedy sketch Dinner for One (link to YouTube) , featuring Freddie Frinton and May Warden and recorded by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) German television station, is shown every year. It is curious that this rather ancient comedy has become a New Year tradition in Germany and Scandinavia, when few Brits have ever heard of it. Finally, on the radio, just before midnight, the poem Hymyilevä Apollo (Smiling Apollo) by Eino Leino is read.

If you’d like to add any detail to New Year’s Eve in Finland, please comment 🙂