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Kalevala is known for the Northern Lights

Kalevala Day

Kalevala Day is celebrated every year on 28th February in honor of the Finnish national epic Kalevala.

Northern lights 

Finland is known as the home of the Northern Lights. These mysterious flames in the sky enchant everyone who gets to see them. There are many folk tales and beliefs associated with the Northern Lights, which are told to children, grandchildren and of course to visitors who come to Finland.    One of the legends say that a fox hair creates this effect of light when it touches an object.This story is not entirely untrue, as furs are static electricity generators and will spark when touched in dry air. So the old people imagined foxes running on frozen ground and touching their tails to rocks and trees, when they saw the northern lights in the sky.   

The Kalevala 

The Finnish national epic Kalevala, collected by Elias Lönnrot in the 1800s, is also known for the Northern Lights. The Kalevala does not refer to the Northern Lights by their current name, but to the Northern Gates, which describes the arc of the Northern Lights shining in the northern sky, mainly in the form of an arc.    The Kalevala is the most internationally renowned work of Finnish literature, having been translated into 60 languages. 

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