Joulupukkin Philadelphia Finnish Society

Pikkujoulu 2014

Finns in Philadelphia had a great time celebrating Christmas and Aimo Tuomi’s 85th birthday at the newly renovated American Swedish Historical Museum. The festivities began with a church service held by Pastor Tiina Talvitie for New York Finnish Church. Following…

Celebrating Finnish Independence Day in Philadelphia

November 2014 Suomi-koulu

In November the Philadelphia Finnish school students learned about Independence Day traditions and events such as “Linnan Juhlat.” The kids came dressed for the party, shook hands with the president, ate tasty food and observed Finland’s 97th birthday. Philadelphian suomi-koululaiset…

Suomi-koulu in Philadelphia

October 2014 Suomi-koulu

Students were introduced to Finland’s national writer, Aleksis Kivi, and his novel  Seven Brothers (Seitsemän veljestä). We continued tanhu practice and began preparations for the Christmas party by singing No onkos tullut kesä. Our temporary new venue at NLNA provided…

Grilling with Philadelphia Finns

Juhannus 2014 – Lavatanssit

Members of FASDV, PSK, and friends had a great time celebrating Juhannus (mid-summer) at Peace Valley Park. The accordionist Ed Hendela played traditional Finnish dance music and set the mood. The grill master, Adam Peritz cooked up hamburgers and hot…

Suomi koulu kids crafting Philadelphia

April 2014 Suomi-koulu

The students learned about Finnish summer traditions and customs such as Juhannus and lavatanssit. The “littles” group continued learning letters, letter sounds and long and short vowels while the bigger children worked on spelling and vocabulary. We also continued tanhu…

Philadelphia Suomalainen

March 2014 Suomi-koulu

Suomi-koulu students learned about Finnish Easter traditions. They made “virvonta” twigs — willow twigs decorated with colourful feathers, learned rhymes, and planted their Easter grass. Here’s the rhyme, so you can try it on this Easter: ”Virvon varvon tuoreeks terveeks…

Scandinavian pre-school students

PSK Ice Skating – February 2014

Philadelphia Suomi-koulu students had a lot of fun ice skating at the Philadelphia RiverRink this Sunday. Despite the melting ice conditions due to the 50-degree weather, we were on the ice from 3-4:30 pm. Such a pleasant way to spend…

laskias pullat

February 2014 Suomi-koulu

In February we learned about Laskiainen, a traditional Finnish sledding day. The children baked and enjoyed Laskiais pulla (Lenten buns), a big hit with everyone! And to top off the fun, we had our first tanhu-dance practice.

Philadelphia Suomi-koulu music workshop

Vellamo music workshop

The Philadelphia Suomi-koulu had a great time learning about Finnish folk music this Sunday at a song writing workshop by Vellamo (Pia Leinonen & Joni Tiala). Under Pia and Joni’s instruction the students wrote a song called “Hei hei pupu.” The…

Pikkujoulu 2013

Pikkujoulu 2013

ISO kiitos kaikille / BIG thanks to everyone for all your help in making this year’s Pikkujoulu a big success! I especially want to thank Pastor Talvitie for the beautiful and traditional Christmas service, cantor Kalle Toivio for making it…