February 5 is Runebergin päivä, a holiday to celebrate the birthday of Finland’s National Poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804–1877). His most celebrated poem, Fänrik Ståls sägner recounts the Swedish War of 1808-1809, but he mostly wrote (in Swedish) about the toils of life of farm life in Finland.
Who has given the wind wisdom,
Lent the air a tongue so lightsome,
Ready speech to the yard’s rowan,
And the small birds’ tender bevy?
–from ‘All Seemed to Be Speaking, Speaking’
translated by C.E. Tallqvist – ‘Tala, tala tycktes alla’ in Ett litet öde, 1845, source