Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Urho’s Day

Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!”
St. Urho, the Patron Saint of Finland, allegedly shouted the above saying (roughly translated as, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to Hell!”) as he rid Finland of grasshoppers, saving their grapes and crops. I am not Finnish, but I grew up in an area with a lot of Scandinavian influence. While the origins of the legend of St. Urho may be suspect, it makes for a good reason to celebrate. And tomorrow, when the entire world is Irish, I will be too. Enjoy, and be safe.

8 comments:

Barry said...

We were just plotting how to spend St. Patrick's Day in Tucson. I think 86+ degrees by the pool sounds good to me.

Great post. Love little tidbits like this.

elvoy said...

Thanks Barry. Sounds like you are having fun in the desert.

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