Casting of Tin














It’s the last day of the year! Can’t quite believe how fast a year has gone! We are still in my home town Oulu, Finland. Today I will tell you about age-old Finnish New Year’s tradition, “the Casting of Tin”. “The Casting of Tin” is performed the last day of the year, to see what will happen in the coming year for each participant. Each participant is gets a small “tin” horse shoe (nowadays the material is mostly lead, but more about that later on). Horse shoe is used because it is a traditional symbol of good luck.

The horse shoe is placed on stove (Picture 1) and melted (Picture 2). Then the melted metal is poured very quickly into a bucket of cold water (Picture 3). In cold water the metal quickly solidifies in fantastic shapes, and the shape then tells each person one’s luck and what will happen in the coming year. The results of my family can be seen in Picture 4.

So – here is what will happen in 2013 for my family:

My mother: Statue of Liberty, New York. I guess this means my mother gets to travel to New York in 2013 (and I am secretly envious) Myself: An Ear. I guess this means I have to talk less and listen more. (I am sure my husband agrees) My father: A Viking ship. Ship usually means travel, happiness, or a visit from a friend, which I think are all likely to happen.

The “tins” are often kept and reused next year. Because lead as a material is dangerous, old “tins” cannot be disposed together with normal household trash. That’s why people have to bring old “tins” to a special dangerous materials’ collection center so that they can’t cause any harm to the environment.

Have a great New Year’s Eve! Anna

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