The lyre was played with a bow as early as in the European Middle Ages. In the area around the Baltic Sea we find evidence of both bowed and plucked lyres. In Estonia and Eastern Finland the bowed lyre - jouhikko - remained in use until the beginning of the 20th century.
Then, towards the end of the 20th century the jouhikko tradition experienced a revival. Jouhiorkesteri - the Horse-Hair Orchestra - was founded in the beginning of the third millenium and the members span three generations of players. Jouhiorkesteri is devoted to the drone music traditions of Northern Europe.
Taivas oli melkein musta, mutta lumi oli kuutamossa kirkkaan sinistä.
——first line Taikatalvi
When the coffee is first poured, the person the foam floats to will receive some money or a gift. If the drinker is alone and the foam floats away from him, he will have many debts.
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In 2014, 100 years will have past since the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001). In honor of the beloved author, this will be celebrated in different ways around the world. Arabia celebrates the artist with the Tove Jubilee series, available for a limited time only. For each product sold, two euros goes to Unicef to support children’s education around the world.
As inspiration for the Jubilee series, the designer Tove Slotte used the book The Dangerous Journey from 1977. In the book, the character Susanna loses her glasses but finds another pair to replace them. Though these glasses she sees the world in a different light.
The Jubilee series is available during a limited time only and the mug is decorated with a scene from the Moomins’ garden party. As a speciality, every sixth mug is decorated with a pair of glasses on the inside. When ordering individual mugs, there is no telling if you will receive a mug decorated with glasses. It’s just a happy surprise.
September 16, 1944. Little one waiting to be evacuated by train before the beginning of the hostilities on September 28, 1944 between Finland and Nazi Germany during the Lapland War. Most of the civilian population was evacuated to Sweden and southern Finland.
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