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Video: Easter bonfires burn bright on Holy Saturday

According to Finnish tradition, Holy Saturday is a night of mischief and mayhem caused by trolls and witches. Bonfires are the traditional way to hold them at bay.

Video: pääsiäskokko

Among other locations, Easter bonfires were burned on Saturday at Helsinki’s Seurasaari outdoor museum, offering a holiday diversion for families. The tradition is rooted in the Ostrobothnia region of Western Finland.

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Nordic walking four times more effective than gym workouts

Nordic walking, the sport of walking briskly with bespoke ski poles, has been shown to be several times more effective for improving physical endurance than fitness training in a gym and its health benefits have been noted extensively. Even so, the Finnish invention is largely recommended as a fitness option to only females and the elderly at present. To address this issue, a campaign has been launched to pump up the sport’s image.

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