Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kalevala Day

Today, Finland celebrates Kalevalanpäivä. Kalevala is a Finnish national literary treasure compiled by Elias Lönnrot. The poems featured in the book were compiled from tens of poets in the country during 15 years. read more in wikipedia

The older version of Kalevala was published on 28.2.1835, but it is the newer version, published in 1849, that is famous around the world. Kalevala has been tranlated to 48 different languages.

This day is acknowledged as a flag day... meaning the national flsg is flown everyone. This is taken in Ullanlinna, Helsinki.

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