J.L. Runeberg Day / Runebergin päivä

When: February 5

What: This day is celebrated in honor of the late Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the national poet of Finland. Runeberg is best known for The Tales of Ensign Stål, an epic poem describing the events of the Finnish War (1808-1809). The first chapter of the poem, Vårt Land (Finnish: Maamme, “our land”), also became the national anthem of Finland, with music by the composer Fredrik Pacius. Runeberg tortes are traditionally eaten to celebrate the occasion. These delicious almond-flavored pastries are rumored to have been created by the poet’s wife Fredrika as a treat for her husband. If you want to try the pastries, make sure you don’t miss your chance – they are only sold in stores for a couple of weeks!

Opening hours and public transport: Regular hours

 

Find out more about the poet and the tasty pastry:

http://finland.fi/life-society/a-poet-and-his-pastry/

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Johan-Ludvig-Runeberg