Thursday, 6 December 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää! Today our beloved Finland is 95 years old. Finland has of course been a country for a long time, but 95 years ago it became free of being part of the Russian empire. There have been many proud Finnish fighters and veterans, and we shall light two candles in our window to show any passing soldiers that we welcome them inside if they seek safety, just as was done in past years when they were hiding from the Russians. Now of course we are at peace with Russia, and I have welcomed Tessie-kilpikonna into perheeni - and she is a Russian tortoise (Äiti's note - her breed is Russian). And I have of course got Britcats in perheeni, and the last European country which Britain declared war on was Finland (1941)! Sheesh, history is complicated. And afterall there is no need to fight - even as pikku pentu I was prepared to share my beloved Finland with others - but please notice I have the biggest share of the flag, hehehe.

17 comments:

Prancer Pie said...

Happy Independence Day! We received our package. We will post on the wonderfulness of it later this week. What a wonderful pic!

Nerissa said...

I had no idea 'bout that Finish Independance Day thing but it's very interesting. May I add a tad of history for you? It's kind of related. As you know, my peep #1 is part Fin. Her daddy was born in Finland but brought to Canada when still a baby. When he was barely old enough, he went to fight in the Canadian Navy in WWII but... 'cause his parents didn't speak any English, he had to write to them in Fin. Well, this caused quite the little uproar. The Canadian Navy held onto all those letters for a very long time 'cause the peep's daddy had written them in Fin and they didn't know what they said. You see... Russia was an ally but Finland and Russia weren't too pleased with one another but the peep's daddy was fightin' for Canada. Confusing or what? History can be very confusing at times. Good things we cats are smart enough to sort through it all. purrs

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

OMC, well, King P, thanks a lot. The Human has melted into a little puddle of squee right here on the dining room floor, and I really don't see how she's going to be able to open any cans for me now. I have a little kibble in my dish, but it's certainly not enough to get me through the night. I don't really know how long it will be before she regains consciousness. Even now, she is mumbling, "Kitten....Punnnnapippppi sumfing.....kitten smrfhghr..." and I can't do a thing with her.

So that history lesson was quite interesting--I guess 1917 might've been a tough year for the Romanovs but it's an ill wind that blows nobody good and I am sure Finland was happy to get out from under. I guess it was the anti-Soviet/anti-Russian feeling that led to its alignment with Germany against the USSR in 1941? Well water under the bridge now. I wonder if Tessie senses the importance of the day--might she let out a special Independence Day hiss or three? Would you go tap-tap-tapping on her shell??

Mr. Black said...

The lady can't get enough photos of you as pikku pentu. She thinks those kitten photos of you in the sidebar should be way up high.

Sparkle said...

It is amazing how much Finland has accomplished in less than 100 years of freedom from Russia! My human says it is quite an impressive country... although I have to say, the lack of sun puddles in the winter makes me nervous!

Anonymous said...

"I guess it was the anti-Soviet/anti-Russian feeling that led to its alignment with Germany against the USSR in 1941?"

More like trying to get back what was stolen a year before.

Punapippuri said...

Anonymous, this is a day of celebration not bitterness or raking over the past, or political comment to other commenters.
You are welcome to join us for peaceful patriotic feasting, as is every other feline friend.

Anonymous said...

Parahin Punapippuri. Hmmmm... paras kirjoittaa suomeksi, jotta en tahtomattani kuullostaisi liian raa'alta. Tässä tulee myös päivän suomen läksy Äidille, kun hän kääntää tätä. *grin* Itsenäisyyspäiväkuvassasi ei ole nähtävissä väkivaltaa eikä pedofiliaa, mutta silti silmiemme edessä on rikos - usko tai älä! Suomen lippu on nimittäin suomalaisille pyhä ja lailla suojeltu. Sitä ei saa millään lailla häpäistä. Häpäisyä on jopa sen kuivaaminen pyykkinarulla - puhumattakaan käytöstä kissojen makuualustana. Tästä on nyt turha kamalasti hermostua eikä tarvitse mieltä pahoittaa! Jokaiselle blogisi lukijalle on itsestäänselvää, että kuvan tarkoitus on juhlistaa kepeällä tavalla joulukuun kuudetta. Kyse on kulttuurierosta, joka Sinun pitäisi yrittää selittää Äidille. (Btw, minun mielestäni paljon suurempi häpäisy on piirtää tämän päivän Google-hakukoneeseen Suomen lippu väärillä mittasuhteilla!) Nyt loppui saivartelu! Mukavaa itsenäisyyspäivää!

Anonymous said...

I think a Real King, as Punapippuri is, is always allowed to lie on the Finnish flag! Those two beautiful ginger cats are honouring our Finnish flag by lying on it!

Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää kaikille! Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää 95-vuotiaalle Suomen valtiolle!

Punapippuri said...

Anonymous 2, I can only extend heartfelt and humble apologies to your mother. As pikku pentu I did not wish to cause any offence by sleeping on the beloved flag of kotimaa. Such things as a crime of defamation had not been mentioned to me before and I shall ensure from now on that the flag is not used as a sleeping blanket. But perhaps your mother could be told that it offered me much comfort and warmth when I was rescued from the stark and empty fields of Muhos, starving and frightened, and at that point such comforts as the flag offered were a necessity so I could grow up to be big and strong.

Fuzzy Tales said...

OMC, someone else here is squeeing over that photo. :-)

Happy Independence Day!

Anonymous said...

Yksi syy olla ylpeä Kotimaastamme on kulttuuri, joka pystyy erottamaan lain hengen ja kirjaimen toisistaan sivistyneesti. Pikku Punapippuri osoitti suurta kunnioitusta maatamme kohtaan omalla, suloisella, kissamaisella tavallaan, ja tokihan me sivistysvaltion kansalaisina otamme kunnioituksen vastaan kiitollisuudella, vaikka sen muoto olisikin totutusta poikkeava. Kiitos sotiemme veteraaneille, jotka mahdollistivat meille oikeuden käyttää järkeämme!

Marilia said...

OMG!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Happy Independence Day to all of you, even the Britcats!

Purrs,
The Chans

Kari said...

Is it a full moon?

Squeeeeee! The wise and wonderful Stran and adorable itty bitty Punnapippuri! Have a wonderful day. We love you lots!

Derby, Ducky said...

Concats on 95 years of being a free and separate country.

The Cat From Hell said...

Happy Independence Day! Me hopes yous has a great pawty!
Kisses
Nellie