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Heikinpaiva canceled

COVID-19’s fall resurgence is causing Heikinpaiva to be canceled again. Finnish-American Heritage Center Interim Director David Maki says too many of the event’s most cherished activities involve large gatherings or meeting in confined spaces.

The most popular events of the festival each year are without a doubt the parade, tori market, and then the evening dance on the final full day of the festival.

Heikinpaiva traces its roots to the tradition of “name days.” January 19th is Heiki’s Day, the equivalent of Henry’s Day using the English language. It marks the midpoint of winter.

Folklore dictates that on Heiki’s Day, or Henry’s Day, the farmers check their inventories and hopefully they’re only at the halfway point of having that much hay in the barn. That means it’s around the halfway point of winter.

While the Finnish Theme Committee felt Heikinpaiva needed to be retired for another year, many other activities continue at the Heritage Center. Beginner language lessons just wrapped up and several art classes are proceeding as normal. The film series is paused until conditions improve.

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