4th December - Joulu in Finland, part II
The old Finnish Yule traditions had much to do with winter solstice which meant that the days were getting longer again. People also honored the dead souls by avoiding labour, spending time in silence and living peacefully. Food was offered as a sacrifice to spirits (these spirits were called Haltija or Väki meaning “folks” and there were many kinds of them, like Väki of forest, water or death). This offering of food had to be done before humans could eat it. By these offerings people mainly assured their success with farming and crops during the next year.