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March 16th is St. Urho's Day
you're looking for something to do today then I hope you like grapes
because today is St. Urho's Day! Possibly trying to steal the
thunder from another saint? Oh well, let's get right into
celebrating St. Urho's Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because Richard Mattson says so! In all
reality, the Finnish-American made up the legend of St. Urho in 1956
when his co-worker asked why the Finnish people didn't have a saint
like Irish have St. Patrick. So he made up his own saint
Urho who scared the frogs out of Finland with his loud voice. How did
he get the loud voice? Well, from drinking sour, whole milk and eating
fish soup of course! Why did he want to scare them away? To protect
their grapes, what else? Pretty interesting, huh?
originally took place on May 24th but it was switched to March 16th,
the day before St. Patrick's Day. Nice one! That's not all that's been
switched though. Now the legend states that it was grasshoppers that
were scared away instead of frogs. Let's hope there aren't
new changes to this made up holiday or we won't know what we're
supposed to be doing or what we're celebrating!
So how can you celebrate today? Well, it's a tradition to
wear Royal Purple and Nile Green to what is called St. Urho's Feast. So
look through your closet and dresser to see what you can find that is
green and purple. And if you don't have anything then go shopping for a
shirt so that you can celebrate in style. Anything will do:
and purples shirts, socks, ties, hats, face paint, ribbons in your
hair, hair dye. Have fun with it! But what are you
have for your feast? Well, you could be like St. Urho and drink some
sour, whole milk, eat some fish soup and then sing the Ode to St. Urho.
That would really get you into the spirit of the legend and maybe make
you sing louder, but I can't say that it sounds too appealing to me.
you could feast on a ton of different things made from grapes to
celebrate the fact that the grasshoppers or frogs didn't get your
crops! Get some grapes of all varieties, grape juice, grape jelly,
raisins, wine and anything else you can think of that's made from
grapes. This is a more appealing option, that's for sure! And
could actually be pretty healthy as long as you don't take in too much
sugar from the jelly or get too sloppy with the wine. Or you
could be bold and show the grasshoppers and frogs who's boss. That's
right, eat them! Get some chocolate covered grasshoppers and crunch
those babies down. And if that doesn't sound good to you then why not
opt for some frog legs? These both sound pretty gross but some people
swear they're not as bad as you'd think. Regardless of how
decide to celebrate I hope that you make St. Urho proud, even if he