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In Finland, spring is long awaited and we begin to freshen up our homes with a spring cleaning as early as January (although the spring doesn’t officially start here before March). Until then, the snowy land is glittering and white, and nature is dressed in monochrome. Gradually as the snow melts the contrast is softened by the gentle earthy tones of gray and brown. The atmosphere of late winter in table settings is represented for example by black and white dishes such as Arabia Paratiisi or Krokus.
The short Nordic days are gradually becoming brighter, but sometimes the seemingly slow change can make one feel tired. We make up for it with bright colours: sunny yellows and the green of spring flowers and nature awakening from its winter sleep. You will find these motifs in many vintage coffee cups, glasses, and plates, for example in Marimekko Primavera, which has been aptly named after the Latin word for spring.
Like the folk of Moominvalley, Finns slowly wake up to spring and begin to actively go out with or visit friends. Our spring selection has some seasonal Moomin mugs. Don’t forget to check out the bundle offers if you want to buy one for you and your friend! Spring is of course also a time for falling in love. With whom would you share an unforgettable coffee moment? Check out our Coffee for Two ideas. We have lots of great gift ideas for men, such as stylish vintage glasses.
The spring song of birds makes us think about new beginnings, love and a cosy little home. Clever dishes with multiple uses are really practical, such as Kilta and Teema. Many want to find dishes that are easy to mix-and-match and that suit both the man’s and the woman’s tastes. The timeless original versions and colours like yellow, are a perfect fit for spring.
For many spring is a time of graduation or starting at a new job. For Finns, design classics are the most wanted gifts. Vintage dishes are charming – are a little more rarer and often prized as gifts. Especially beautiful flower vases and bowls, such as Aalto Collection, Kastehelmi, Fauna and Flora are delightful and appreciated presents. During spring there are really so many reasons to celebrate. Party table settings as well as gifts are filled with soft pastel colours: sky blue, rosy pink, and café-au-lait beige, and even everyday table settings feature the soft tones of heat-storing stoneware dishes such as Tupa, Uhtua, and Karelia.
February: On Runeberg’s Day (5.2.) we celebrate our national poet with coffee and enjoying the delicious Runeberg cake “Runebergin torttu”.
In Finland, Valentine's (14.2.) is not just a celebration for girlfriends and boyfriends, but a holiday for all friends! We call it Ystävänpäivä (Friends Day). On this day, cards and small gifts will be given to friends and colleagues; and of course, we try to impress the woman or man we like, with flowers and chocolate.
And in 2021, the very same Sunday has another celebration too:
Christian traditions Shrove Sunday (14.2.) and Shrove Tuesday (16.2.), are celebrated in Finland with Laskiainen (Winter Sliding Festival). We enjoy the snowy hills glittering the spring sunlight and have fun sledding. Afterwards, we drink hot cocoa and gobble up delicious Laskiaispulla buns. Finns playfully argue over which is the correct traditional filling: almond paste or raspberry jam?
On Kalevala Day (28.2.) we celebrate the tradition of Finnish literature and culture. On this day you might want to explore the Arabia vintage wall plates inspired by the Kalevala stories.
March: International Women's Day (8.3.) commemorates women with flowers and gifts. Congratulations and praise are given to women for their work at home and in society.
Palm Sunday (28.3.) marks the beginning of the Easter festivities, and we also move our clocks forward to summer time. Children give out cheerfully decorated flowering pussywillow branches, which are meant to bless homes, provide good harvests, and bring all-round good luck for the coming season! These branches, displayed in a large flower vase, are the focal point of Easter home decor.
April: Easter (2.4.-5.4.) is the most important celebration of spring. Families gather together to celebrate the holidays and homes are decorated with yellow spring flowers. Finnish Easter specialties include decorations like bunnies (see the popular Arabia Bunny mugs) and easter chicks, as well as painting eggs and growing baby ryegrass in a bowl. These traditions all symbolise new life.
May: Vappu (1.5.) is a spring carnival for workers and students alike. Warm temperatures bring Finns out into the parks and town squares to celebrate. The picnic basket is packed with sparkling wine and home-made “sima”, a lemon and honey flavoured mead; as well as sweets like “tippaleipä” funnel cake and finnish-style “munkki” doughnuts, as well as small savory treats.
Finns are environmentally conscious and like to celebrate in style, so often we bring real wine glasses like Iittala Mondo instead of using throw-away plastic ones. Dishes are cheerfully and playfully mixed-and-matched together, and extra colour is added to the table setting with Marimekko paper napkins, balloons, and serpentine paper ribbon.
On Mother's Day (9.5.) it’s time delight our moms. In Finland, it is customary to wake up your mother for morning coffee by singing. Moms are brought coffee and cake, and lots of flowers and gifts. One traditional gift in Finland has been a particularly beautiful coffee cup bought especially for mom or Moominmamma items.
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