St. Urho's Day

March 16, 2012

My Finnish American grandma reminded us each St. Patrick’s Day that the Irish were not the only ones with a saint looking out for them.  St. Urho is said to have driven the grasshoppers out of Finland, saving the grape crops and the jobs of vineyard workers.  He is all fiction, made up in Minnesota in the 1950s, but all the same he is celebrated in a tongue-and-cheek way on March 16 in Finnish communities around the US. 

In honor of Grandma Clara today we are eating pasties and celebrating our sisu!

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