Easter Weekend Finnish Festival

gonna keep this short and i know it’s already a chok-a-block (pun intended) weekend (ACMC, TrackWorlds) so i figured i’d give you another option to distract you from that thing where you eat chocky and HCB’s…

this long weekend is the Finnish Easter Festival (Fri-Sat-Sun) and it’s being held in melb (actually Altona)

and…HOLY HELL, it exists on the interwebs already
Finnish Festival

so, i guess most of the info is there already, so i won’t repeat it. however, the best times to get down will be saturday and sunday between 11 and 4. the pesäpallo (finnish baseball) will be in full swing (pun intended again), as well as the kitchen with traditional finnish goodies (i don’t think any of them are vegan, they all have milk, but i can give you recipes and stuff so you can the animal stuuf out and make your own deliciousness) market stalls, and some old-time wood throwing.

and while i can’t find a proper video on how to play Pesis, let this serve as how most people view it for the first time.


Holy shit they have Veepee Lehto!

we never skimp on the entertainment.

as well as workshops for both adults and kids.

What exactly do you workshop, how to be more metal? How to beat Sweden at Eurovision? How to drive really fast?

it’s for kids…so this vv


and learning things like this:

Finnish weather explained

+15°C / 59°F
This is as warm as it gets in Finland, so we’ll start here.
People in Spain wears winter-coats and gloves.
The Finns are out in the sun, getting a tan.

+10°C / 50°F
The French are trying in vain to start their central heating.
The Finns plant flowers in their gardens.

+5°C / 41°F
Italian cars won’t start.
The Finns are cruising in cabriolets.

0°C / 32°F
Distilled water freezes.
The water in the Vanda river (in Finland) gets a little thicker.

-5°C / 23°F
People in California almost freeze to death.
The Finns have their final barbecue before winter.

-10°C / 14°F
The Brits start the heat in their houses.
The Finns start using long sleeves.

-20°C / -4°F
The Aussies flee from Mallorca.
The Finns end their Midsummer celebrations. Autumn is here.

-30°C / -22°F
People in Greece die from the cold and disappear from the face of the earth.
The Finns start drying their laundry indoors.

-40°C / -40°F
Paris start cracking in the cold.
The Finns stand in line at the “grilli-kioski”.

-50°C / -58°F
Polar bears start evacuating the North Pole.
The Finnish army postpones their winter survival training awaiting real winter weather.

-60°C / -76°F
Korvatunturi (the home for Santa Claus) freezes.
The Finns rent a movie and stay indoors.

-70°C / -94°F
The false Santa moves south.
The Finns get frustrated since they can’t store their Kossu (Koskenkorva vodka) outdoors.
The Finnish army goes out on winter survival training.

-183°C / -297.4°F
Microbes in food don’t survive.
The Finnish cows complain that the farmers’ hands are cold.

-273°C / -459.4°F
All atom-based movent halts.
The Finns start saying “Perkele, it’s cold outside today.”

-300°C / -508°F
Hell freezes over.
Finland wins the Eurovision Song Contest.
(Yes I know this is redundant after Lordi’s hitorical 2006 victory!)

Bumping this up, as it’s on in Melb again this year. Same place, same weekend, same food, same sports, just less culture this year…

Suomi-Päivät / Finnish Games 29-31.3.2013 | The Finnish Society of Melbourne

-70°C / -94°F
The false Santa moves south.
The Finns get frustrated since they can’t store their Kossu (Koskenkorva vodka) outdoors.
The Finnish army goes out on winter survival training.

Oh man, Koskenkorva, that stuff is perkele.