The Finnish Festival, Suomipäivät in Finnish, is the annual meeting of Finns in Australia. Each year it is hosted by a rotating roster of Finnish Clubs around Australia in auspices of the Australasian Federation of Finnish Societies and Clubs Inc.
This year, we are very excited about hosting the 55st Finnish Festival in Altona of Hobson’s Bay on the Easter weekend in April!
The heart of the Finnish Festival is celebrating our culture; the music, the dancing, the food, the drinks, the people.
Sports and games Clubs compete known as the best.
Performances Featuring our folk dancers and choirs
Workshops Experience our culture first hand.
Food and Drink to indulge in and try.
Kyykkä, is a centuries-old game of Karelian origin. The aim is to throw wooden bats at stacked skittles, trying to remove them from the square using as few throws as possible. Kyykkä can be played in teams of four, two, or as an individual.
Each player takes turn throwing the bat to knock the skittles out of the opposing playing square until you run out of bats or you knock all the skittles out.
Skittles remaining in the playing square yield minus two points; skittles remaining on the lines yield minus one point, and unused bats yield plus one point.
After scoring, sides are changed, and the game restarts. The team or individual with the highest total score is the winner.
The basic idea of pesäpallo is similar to that of baseball: the offense tries to score by hitting the ball successfully and running through the bases, while the defense tries to put the batter and runners out. One of the most important differences between pesäpallo and baseball is that the ball is pitched vertically, which makes hitting the ball, as well as controlling the power and direction of the hit, much easier. This gives the offensive game more variety, speed, and tactical aspects compared to baseball. The fielding team is forced to counter the batter’s choices with defensive schemes and anticipation.
Inside Pesäpallo, Finland’s Answer to Baseball, Wall Street Journal @wsj. Youtube.
The Rules of Pesäpallo (Finnish Baseball) – EXPLAINED!, Ninh Ly @NinhLyUK. Youtube.
Wife carrying (Eukonkanto)
The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time.
Several types of carrying may be practised: either a classic piggyback, a fireman’s carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (wife upside-down on his back with her legs over the neck and shoulders).
World Championships will be held in Sonkajärvi, Finland, 30 th June – 1st July in 2023. More info
What Is the Wife-Carrying World Championship? Inside Edition @InsideEdition. Youtube.
Hobby horsing is a new hobby that is popular mainly for girls and young ladies. It originated in Finland, where its popularity started growing gradually, mainly owing to the documentary Hobby Horse Revolution directed by Selma Vilhunen, an Oscar nominee.
Although it might be seen only as a girl´s whim, it is quite the opposite. Hobby horsing is an official sport. Girls compete in various disciplines – such as show jumping or dressage, where precision, your own style, or performed figures are evaluated. In Finland, where thanks to this documentary there is the largest membership base for hobby horsing, national championships are held every year. During the Helsinki Equestrian Festival at the end of May, over 5000 people took part in the associated hobby horseriding competitions.