Saturday, November 13, 2010

Isänpäivä, Finnish Fathers' Day--An Official Flag Day

Today is Father's Day in Finland. From what I can tell, Finland adopted this holiday from the United States in 1949. According to the Helsinki Times, the holiday originally commemorated a mining disaster, but now has its commercial side. However, the U.S. does not recognize a "father of the year" as Finland does. This year Finland named 3 "fathers of the year".

In our corner of the world the father of the year is Chris. He has held this post since 2000. He bears no small resemblance to Moominpapa-a fellow intrepid explorer. Living with Moominpapa has its challenges, but it is rewarding. Take the family fascination with Finnish. If learning a second language delays the effects of Alzheimer's, then studying Finnish is sure to cure the common cold.

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