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2016

Finnish Cultural Garden on Kid's Day

The Finnish Cultural Garden was dedicated September 14, 1958. On the first annual Kid's Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, kids (of all ages) learned about the Finnish language, culture, history, geography and more. (Did you know that Angry Birds was created in Finland?) Ken Quiggle of the Finnish Cultural Garden was one of the co-chairs of Kid's Day in the Gardens. When the group arrived at the Finnish Garden, Ken welcomed them and explained the various activities such as having the Finnish flag painted on your hand or making your own Finnish flag.

Ken Quiggle, Bonnie and Donna

Ken Quiggle, Bonnie and Donna in the Finnish Garden on Kid's Day

Photos and videos from Kid's Day in the Finnish Cultural Garden


The Finnish Cultural Garden and Cleveland Finnish community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Finland in Parade of Flags

Finnish in Parade of Flags

Finland in Parade of Flags


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Throughout the day members of the Finnish community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Finnish Cultural Garden and shared Finnish culture.

Finnish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Finding Finland on a map

Finnish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Finnish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Finnish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Angry Bird - Finnish Cultural Garden on One World Day


More from the 2016 One World Day


2015

Lucia Fest

The Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America hosted their annual Christmas and Lucia Fest on December 6, 2015. Highlights included the songs by the Vasa Voices Choir and the Lucia procession and songs by the children.

Santa Lucia procession

Lucia Procession


Santa Lucia Procession and Songs


Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America

The Vasa Voices Choir of Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 Vasa Order of America performed at the 2015 Christmas and Lucia Fest in Highland Heights (Cleveland) Ohio.

Vasa Voices Choir

Vasa Voices Choir


Vasa Voices Choir


Oktoberfest in Scandinavia

The Octoberfest events in Scandinavia are very popular, and not only among local beer lovers! A Scandinavian Octoberfest is a great celebration when the warm weather diminishes in fall. Despite the name "Oktoberfest", most Oktoberfest events start in September.

Oktoberfest in Scandinavia


2014

Easter in Scandinavia

Quite a peculiar national tradition in Norway is solving crimes during Easter. Publishers churn out series of books known as "Easter Thrillers" or "Påskekrimmen". Even the milk cartons change during the Easter season to have murder stories on their sides!

"Pääsiäinen" in Finland is celebrated with Easter egg hunts for the children. The hard boiled, chocolate, or candy eggs are hidden in the house or garden. Children also walk between houses, handing out twigs or decorations in exchange for a few coins.

In Denmark, there is a unique "Påske" tradition of sending teaser letters with little poems anonymously on Valentine's Day. If the recipient guesses who sent the poem, he or she receives the reward of an Easter egg.

In Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches with long skirts, colorful headscarves, and painted red cheeks. They go to neighboring houses presenting drawings in hopes of getting sweets in return. Folklore says the witches fly to "Blåkulla" (Blue Mountain) to meet the devil.

Another "Påsk" tradition is to place feathers on small branches of willow or birch in a vase.

By Karen Chilcote


2013

Finnish Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio - Virtual Tour

The Finnish Cultural Garden was dedicated in 1958. It is part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

The Finnish Garden includes busts honoring Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the National Poet of Finland, Elias Lonnrot, a Finnish physician and folklorist, a monument and quote from Finnish author Alexsis Kivi, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and Finnish Statesman and Philosopher Johan Vilhelm Snellman.




2012

2012 Leif Ericson Day celebration in Cleveland


Bengt Gerborg with Viking Hat in front of bust of Leif Ericson

Bengt Gerborg with Leif Ericson bust

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Finnish marchers at One World Day

Finnish marchers at One World Day in Cleveland


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Finnish Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio

Finnish Heritage Museum

Finnish Heritage Museum (FHM) is comprised of dedicated volunteers, all of whom have some Finnish ancestry and/or connection. Our members meet monthly to discuss museum business and plan for future events. In just a very short time, we have successfully arrived at a point which says, "we are here, we are serious, and we are active."

The museum is located on the corner of High and Third Streets in downtown Fairport Harbor, Ohio just two blocks from Lake Erie and one block from the Finnish Monument.


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Finnish History and Culture


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Jean Sibelius statue in Finnish Cultural Garden

Jean Sibelius statue in Finnish Cultural Garden

Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It won its complete independence in 1917.

During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its freedom and resist invasions by the Soviet Union - albeit with some loss of territory.

In the subsequent half century, the Finns made a remarkable transformation from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is now among the highest in Western Europe.

A member of the European Union since 1995, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro system at its initiation in January 1999.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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