"" Finland Things to Do Tip by nathasha

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before the xmas dinner we go to xmas sauna :)) you gotta be purified before such a fine meal, u see :)) the whole family goes together and of course every one is naked, that is after all the most natural state of a human :)) it is about +100 celsius in the sauna, and you will get a special treatment with a bunch of birch branches, a thing called 'vasta' or 'vihta'. the braches were dried from the tree in the summer, and in the sauna you put them in water again, and it brings summer smell in the sauna :)) then you hit each others with it!!! i know it sounds weird, but its a kind of massage that makes you relax and stimulates the blood circulation. don't be scared - you'll enjoy it!!! and in case it get too hot for you, you can always go out and roll yourselves in the snow, - another crazy tradition we have ;))

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  • Updated Sep 7, 2002
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