But despite the shortish history of the New Year at this point of year, there are still some distinctive items that belong to the Finnish new year:
- Sparkling wine, nakki and potato salad. Who said cava doesn't go with cold sausage?
- Fireworks. It's not difficult to guess what's statistically the most probable day of getting an eye injury.
- Melting and re-casting tin horse shoes in order to forecast your future. Well, they're not really made out of tin but lead, which means that your future is based on toxic waste.
- New Year speech by the president of Finland: "Kansalaiset, medborgare..." Tarja, you could have been a bit more radical with your last speech.
- Ski jumping on TV. The men with the mullet and mustache!
- Tipaton tammikuu, dropless January. No alcohol in January (Lonkero doesn't count).
In any case, have a good 2012 (and enjoy the remaining year of the rabbit)!