Finnish Wedding: Sweating Out Ex-Boyfriends & Getting Hit With A Broom | Euromaxx

At this sauna in Finland, they’re making wedding
preparations of a rather unusual kind. “That stings. Why does it have to hurt so much?” “I never promised you a rose garden!” “Sometimes life’s unpleasant.” Being struck with a bath broom made of birch
branches is supposed to really hammer home the bridesmaids’ advice. In another fascinating Finnish tradition,
Marjo Krankkala “sweats out” her ex-boyfriends in a T-shirt belonging to her future husband. “Always kiss one another goodnight.” “That’s sweet.” “Dear Marjo, always let Tomi think he’s in
charge — even though you’re the one in control.” “That was good.” After all that good advice, the bridesmaids
bathe Marjo. First with salt — to replace the sodium her
body has lost through sweat. A dash of flour boosts vitality. And finally, an egg to symbolize fertility. “Now you’re no longer single, you can’t go
running around the village with your hair loose.” “Really? Is that so?” “Yes, it is.“ “Thanks. Now I look like a kid!” Bridegroom Tomi Kumpula is preparing food
for the wedding feast, which will mainly consist of homecooked dishes. He’s frying elk meat, something new to Euromaxx
Reporter Andreas Korn. “What are you fixing here?“ “I waited for the pan to get really hot, so
the meat would fry properly.” “It’s fried moose meat and the soup is a Lappish
man’s soup. We’re going to eat it at the wedding.” Not only are they cooking all the food themselves,
the bride’s father ((02:33)) Onni Krankkala went hunting to get the meat for the soup. “Onni, you managed to get this moose. How did you do it?“ “I crept up on it. That’s key. When you see a moose, you shoot it.” Out in Finland’s vast wilderness. Shortly before the wedding, Tomi Kumpula and
Marjo Krankkala take Euromaxx reporter Andreas Korn fly fishing with them. “Before we go fishing, we always drink a beer.“ “Cheers.“ “I can’t open mine with these nails. Help me, please.” “What’s with your nails? They’re already ready for the wedding? Wow. Beautiful. So to the wedding already. Cheers!“ Marjo and Tomi have been a couple for five
years. They live together in a house not far from
Finnish Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi. It lies right on the Arctic Circle. The wedding’s taking place at the height of
summer, when the sun never sets. “Why do you marry him?“ “He’s perfect for me. I need a guy like him.” “I go out in the woods and hunt. I’m that kind of guy.” “I have a fish.“ “What kind of fish is it?“ “This is grayling. A small grayling.“ “Oh, you don’t even want it.“ “No, I need a bigger one.“ “So the Finnish people were voted to the most
happiest population of the world. How do you explain this?“ “For us up here in Lapland, it’s the nature. It makes us really happy.” “Up here no one’s stressed, like you Germans
are all the time!” “And what makes you personally happy?“ “Taking breaks from work. Going out into nature and opening up a nice
cold beer.” “And being together, of course.” And now the big day has arrived. Marjo Krankkala and Tomi Kumpula will exchange
vows in the biggest church in Rovaniemi. “When they struck up the wedding march, I
cried from the very first note.” “I don’t know why, but when you’re happy enough
you start to cry.” “Mario Suzanna Krankkala, do you take Tomi
Apo Alexander Kumpula to be your husband?” “I do.” According to old Finnish tradition, only the
bride gets a new wedding ring. The groom keeps his engagement ring. Outside the church, the couple are greeted
by friends from their sport club. The low-key party takes place a half hour’s
drive from the city, at a simple wooden hut in the forest. After successfully removing his bride’s garter
with his teeth, Tomi tosses it to the crowd of eager bachelors. Then there’s the wood pile with a bottle of
vodka hidden inside. It’s a sly nod to the prohibition-era Finland
of the early 20th century. “What’s going on here?“ “Here, have a sip.“ “And you really think your wives don’t get
it?“ “They know about it and they don’t care. Sometimes they even come here themselves. But traditionally it’s the men.” “And it tastes better when you hide it. That’s really true.” A traditional wedding dance follows. The newly-married couple approach one another
very slowly…until, at last, they come together. “I thought the wedding wouldn’t change anything
between us. But I think we’re even happier and even more
in love now.” If there’s any lesson to be learned from the
happy couple in Lapland it’s: Keep it simple and don’t always take life so seriously!

Michael Martin

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