Friday, December 03, 2010

Finlandia to celebrate Finnish Independence Day Dec. 5

HANCOCK -- Finlandia University will present a Finnish Independence Day program at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

The 93rd annual celebration of Finnish independence at Finlandia University features a special musical program with local musicians and performers Libby Meyer, Oren Tikkanen, Pasi Lautala, Dave Bezotte, the Kivajat Dancers, Kay Seppala, the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, and others.

The celebration also includes the Finnish Christmas tradition tiernapojat, or Star Boys, a singing procession and folk drama which has its roots in a medieval play based on the "Three Magi" Christmas story in the Book of Matthew (2, 1-28). The procession, led by Michigan Tech Finnish graduate student Hanna Nummila, includes the voices of three additional Finnish nationals living in the Keweenaw.

This year’s City of Hancock "Hankooki Heikki" -- who will preside over the Heikinpäivä mid-winter festival set for Jan. 29, 2011 -- will also be announced during the program.

Homemade Finnish refreshments will be available by donation to benefit FinnFest 2013. For additional information, please call the Finnish American Heritage Center at 906-487-7549.

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