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Porkkala, Finland -

By: Eohippus

Hyvää Kekriä, äiti!  ;)

Kekri is the traditional finnish celebration of the last day of October.
It is related to the celtic samhain and more modern Halloween.

The Kekri was the end of the work-year, when all the harvest was done, the animals were slaughtered, the berries and mushrooms were
collected, and the larders were full.
So there was more food than any other time of the year, and a good
reason to celebrate.  :)

We went for a trip into the Porkkala area,
and on our way there Henna told us that the harvest celebration was just half of the Kekri.
The Kekri was also the last possibility to celebrate for a long time,
since the whole month of November is a month of the dead.
Even the finnish name for November (Marraskuu) means "The month of death".

Tuli told me that during the whole November the dead people are on the move, visiting their old homes and
keeping an eye on their descendants.
They were served food and the sauna was heated fro them throughout
the whole month, and the living people had to behave in a very
subdued manner and keep up their best behavior and manners.

So, in Kekri people were drinking and dancing and uhm, doing certain
fertility rites.  :rolleyes:

I must say after hearing all that talk about
spirits moving upon earth made me feel a bit creepy.
I was watching behind my back more than usually, but didn´t see
anything.  :)

It was a beautiful, lightly misty day,
and the sea looked beautifully grey. :)

We made up a fire and heated some glögi
over it.  :)
That is a warm drink the finns like to have in winter.
It is a bit similar than the german glüchwine.  :)

It tasted good and felt great!  :)


Then we walked round the forest collecting herbs
for a magical potion.  ;)

While collecting, we hummed a secret
toyvoyager chant we have to chant when collecting herbs for
Kekri potion.
I´m sorry I can´t tell you more, it´s a toyvoyager thing!  ;)

When we were loaded with various herbs,
we sat in front of the fire warming our paws.

On our way home we stopped on the yard
of a desolated house and climbed onto its attic, because we still
needed some ingredients, like spiderweb.
We felt all a bit nervous in the attick, it was like we had heard
odd whispering sounds and felt sudden gusts of cold air,
but we didn´t see anything.
Well, it was just an old house, full of rejected stuff.  :)

Like some old paintings leaning against the walls with broken frames..

At one point I felt like something touching
my head!
But I couldn´t see anyone!  :thinking:

I asked the others if they also felt we weren´t
there alone, and they answered that hell yes, we´re in a big bunch
of toyvoyagers and no one can feel like being alone in one!  :rolleyes:

At last we had all the nessessary ingeredients!

"Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble!
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digged i' th' dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat and slips of yew
Slivered in the moon’s eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab.
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron!"  ;)

Well, our ingredients weren´t quite that horrible!  :D

Then we carved some oranges and one
turnip to make lanterns, and when the evening came we lit
candles in them.  :)

And then we went inside to celebrate the

We ate and sung and drink our magical
potion, and that made us dance so that we couldn´t stop
the whole night!  :D
So we sung and danced and drank some more!

Here you can see us dancing

See you soon again!
Hug from Matcha!  :D

* Posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:54 pm [Quote] Go to the top of the page


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