New Year Tradition: Melted Tin

New Year Tradition: Melted Tin

January 4, 2013 | Barbara's Blog

After Christmas, the New Year is the next festive occasion. With roots in Finland I want to share a typical Finnish New Year tradition you probably haven’t heard about. Like in other countries, the New Years Eve in Finland is a joyful event often spent with close friends and family. For children, the highlight of the evening is usually the fireworks which are displayed at the turn of the year. After the fireworks follows the tradition of telling the future from the shapes taken by melted tin. Shops sell special ladles and horseshoe-shaped tin for this event. After melting the tin in the ladle on the hot plate, it is rapidly poured into a bucket with cold water. Family and friends gathered around the bucket give suggestions and ideas of what the cooled tin’s shape looks like and what they think it will mean for the future.

Wishing everybody a Happy New Year!


New year in Finland




By: Emilia Lepisto


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