40 days before Easter is the Lent, and before lent is some kind of carneval where people have fun and eat a lot of food (meat). In Finland it's called Laskiainen. As always, the church had replaced the local celebrations with it's own. In Finland it used to be a feast for celebrating the end of spinning, when women had turned all the wool, hemp and flax from the previous summer into thread, and the rise of the sun. All kinds of magic had to be performed to get good crops the next year.
Then the killjoy Luther decided the catholics had it all wrong and started the reformation. And as we were no more catholics, we had no Lent. But Laskiainen stayed, with a mixture of pagan and christian superstitions. Nowadays it's a feast of pea-soup, pan cakes and skiing and sledding.
The city organized an event in the market square to celebrate Laskiainen. They had spent a week building a small skating rink, a weird snow castle, and a few hills of snow for kids to slide down.
|Toddlers liked climbing the wall of the castle.|
|Kids liked sliding down the slope between the walls.|
|Adults liked looking at the naked woman inside the castle.|
|"King Of The Hill" can be played on any pile of snow.|
Main reason for the reindeers being in the town was "reindeer sprint", in which the reindeer runs 1/8th mile (a bit over 200 meters) towing a guy or a girl on skis. Those reindeers are half-tame.
This lone reindeer was tied to a tree about 25 meters from the others, and you can see it fighting to get loose so it could get closer to the others. Or maybe he was just planning to leave the town all together.
One street has been closed for traffic and turned into a race track. There wasn't many people by the fence when I took the photo, about one hour before the race.
|Furs, reindeer meat, wool clothes etc was sold at the market.|
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