Now that we’ve all sobered up from St. Paddies Day, I’d like to point out another important Saint: Saint Urho.
St. Urho (pronounced â€œoorhoâ€) is a completely made-up saint. Essentially, Finnish Minnesotans were sick of green beer and Irish hoopla in March, and decided they needed their own holiday on March 16th:
â€œThe legend says St. Urho chased the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland, thus saving the grape crop and the jobs of Finnish vineyard workers. He did this by uttering the phrase: â€œHeinÃ¤sirkka, heinÃ¤sirkka, mene tÃ¤Ã¤ltÃ¤ hiiteenâ€ (roughly translated: â€œGrasshopper, grasshopper, go to Hell!â€). His feast is celebrated by wearing the colors Royal Purple and Nile Green. St. Urho is nearly always represented with grapes and grasshoppers as part of the pictureâ€¦..
I think you can now see my interest in this holiday: you get to drink lots of wine and cuss at insects. It’s a holiday made of win.
So…If you were going to invent a patron saint for yourself or a favorite activity, who and what would it be? And what would your celebration be like?
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