Photo: The weather usually begins to warm up considerably around Urpo’s Day tomorrow. In an area reaching from southern Finland to Central Ostrobothnia the day was considered to mark the beginning of summer. "Urpo starts the summer, Perttu (August 24) switches the other way around". People welcomed the summer by bathing in smoke saunas with fresh birch branch whisks.  As the first day of summer, Urpo also defined the summer's weather - by being its opposite. If it was warm and people could…

Photo: The weather usually begins to warm up considerably around Urpo’s Day tomorrow. In an area reaching from southern Finland to Central Ostrobothnia the day was considered to mark the beginning of summer. "Urpo starts the summer, Perttu (August 24) switches the other way around". People welcomed the summer by bathing in smoke saunas with fresh birch branch whisks. As the first day of summer, Urpo also defined the summer's weather - by being its opposite. If it was warm and people could…

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