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Karen Douglas
02-12-06, 23:28
Hello. As many of you know, melting tin on New Year's Eve is a tradition in many Finnish homes as a way of foretelling what the new year will bring. Hence, I am looking for a tin melting kit (tin and ladle). Memories of Finland had one listed for $10, but apparently they are out of stock. Can anyone recommend another gift shop where I might purchase one? Thank you!

Alice Finnerty
03-12-06, 00:05
I have not heard of this but would love to know more about this tradition.
Alice

Jaska Sarell
03-12-06, 02:29
Hi!

Found these in English:
http://www.santaclaus.fi/?deptid=8321
http://www.finnguide.fi/calendar/calendarevents.asp?month=12&p=91
http://www.dlc.fi/~marianna/gourmet/season6a.htm

Anyway the new year "tin" contains actually over 90% lead, which is environmentally hazardous and should be disposed of in a proper way.

:) Jaska

Denise
03-12-06, 02:44
Hello!
Merja Syrjamaki sent me the following last New Year's and told me about tin casting.

"You donīt do tin casting over there? It is a must in Finland, almost everyone does that. You can buy small horseshoes made of tin ( actually it is a mix of metals ) and near midnight in New Yearīs Eve you melt them over fire. I know people who have no fireplace do it on the cooker in kitchen. When the tin melts, you pour it into a bucket of cold water where it forms into weird shapes. You put the tin between a candle and a wall and predict your future from the shadows it makes against the wall. It is great fun! "

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like a fun way to bring in the New Year!


Denise


Here is a site to read more.



http://www.memoriesoffinland.com/catalog.asp?category=48




:D

Jaska Sarell
03-12-06, 02:47
BTW. You may search most Finnish sites by Google including site:*.fi after your search words. Other search engines have similar options.
Some sites in Finland have .com or .net extensions and are then not included, but narrowing your search this way is often fruitful.
Compare googling:
new year tin
or
new year tin site:*.fi

:) Jaska

Alice Finnerty
06-12-06, 00:14
Always good information here
on Finlander Forum
and
"Happy Independence Day"
December 6
To All My Finnish Relatives and Friends
Thank You all for helping me learn
of my Finnish heritage

Karen Douglas
06-12-06, 01:15
Thank you, Jaska, and Denise! We have been blessed with so many wonderful traditions in our heritage! And, I love to relate the stories that go with each of them!

Another "story" I have shared with women's groups is that Finland was the first country in Europe to give women the right to vote. That was in 1906 - 100 years ago! - and 14 years before that vote was granted to women in the United States!

Karen

:p

Jaska Sarell
06-12-06, 02:00
Another "story" I have shared with women's groups is that Finland was the first country in Europe to give women the right to vote. That was in 1906 - 100 years ago! - and 14 years before that vote was granted to women in the United States!
Worldwide only New Zealand was earlier, but Finland was the first country in the world where women could also stand for election!
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_suffrage

:) Jaska

P.S. Link to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_suffrage) seems to cut after apostrophe :confused:

Kaj Granlund
11-12-06, 17:37
Jaska. Maybe we shouldn't tell that historians here think it actually was a misstake. It was too brave and nobody actually thought the Russian emperor would sign the law. But he did!