Heikinpaiva A Finnish American Mid Winter Festival

Heikinpaiva A Finnish American Mid Winter Festival

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 at 10:00am


The celebration’s themes are taken from Finnish folk saying associated with the name day for Heikki (Henrik’s day - 19 January). By far, the Finns make up the largest ethnic group of Michigan’s Copper Country. In Hancock approximately 40 percent of the population claimed Finnish ancestry in the most recent federal census.

Finnish speaking residents of the Copper Country still recall the proverbs their parents and grandparents brought with them from Finland. In particular, the weather proverbs connected with St. Henrik’s Day have been retained in the Hancock area, where huge amounts of winter snow are the norm. “Karhu kylkeänsä kääntää” (The bear rolls onto his other side), “Heikki heinät jakaa” (Heikki divides the hay) and ultimately, “Talven selkä poikki” (winter’s back is broken). The bear – an ancient Finnish and Saame symbol - figures well in the celebration.

There’s something for everyone. Follow the links to next annual Heikinpäivä and plan to be there!

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Tori Market, FAHC

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Vipukelkka (Whipsled), kicksleds, and plenty of outdoor fun! Quincy Green.

11 a.m. – Parade, downtown Hancock. Line up at La Cantina restaurant at 10:30 a.m. Prizes.

Following parade - Wife-carrying, kicksled races, whipsled, and more! Quincy Green. Prizes.

1 p.m. - Book talk with author Mark Munger, North Wind Books, Hancock.

3 p.m. - Reception for “Animal Life: Art from the Kalevala,” Community Arts Center, Hancock.

7 p.m. - Heikinpäivä iltamat (hors d’oeuvres, dance), Finnish American Heritage Center.