While Irish eyes are smiling on St. Patrick's Day, many Finns are already celebrating St. Urho's Day. The holiday was first celebrated in Minnesota on March 16th, which happens to be just before St. Patrick's Day.
It honors the legendary Urho, the patron saint of vineyard workers. As the story goes, he saved the grape crop from a grasshopper infestation with his horrible breath as he yelled, "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!" (Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!)
Social Explorer has data throughout the years on a multitude of ancestries, including the Finnish.
Some St. Urho's Day revelers dress up as grasshoppers and grapes to celebrate. Social Explorer makes its data festive with purples and greens in the map below. As you can see, Finns are especially concentrated in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Explore the map to see where you should plan your next St. Urho's Day outing, or if you are a grasshopper, where to avoid.
Map of Finnish Residents in the US (2006-10 Census)
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Happy St. Urho's Day!