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Finnish language day

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Early on 9th of April in Finland is celebrated Finnish language day. This holiday is established in honour of great Finnish enlightener Mikael Agricola, due to him is appeared written Finnish. In 1542 came out the first Finnish book, created by Agricola - "ABC-kirja", that very year was adopted in Finland as the year of the written language birth. Agricola took as a basis Karelian language and dialect, which spoke inhabitants of province Turku. ABC consisted of alphabet, numbers, and of main fragments of Catechism: the Ten Commandments, Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Ave Mary, word of christening, confession and communion.

Though this holiday is not a day off the state flag is flied in this day, the concerts are performed on the central squares in Finland. Also in this day the attendance of museum «Ateneum» in Helsinki is increased, where the original of "ABC-kirja" and collections of works of arts are preserved.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 April 2012 14:25  
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