History of Finland
The Suomi (Finnish) were an amalgamation of Kvens, Kainu, Tavastians, Savonians and Karelians, and Sami (Scritobini, Screrefennae, and the Scridefinni). The Kvens in particular, have quite a storied history (read about the history of Kvenland), and their are still enclaves of Kvens in Norway and Sweden till this day. The history of the Suomi (Finnish) is linked to the Kvens and these other groups, and is a story of independence from neighboring Sweden and Russia (from the 9th century to WW I...
Kekri, the ancient, almost forgotten, Finnish celebration of the end of the harvest season. Kekri is associated with a kekri goat, a bearded and horned creature that scared the children but was also supposed to bring good luck to the house for the coming year. The celebration was mainly about the feasts of drink and food but also fire was introduced to the tradition. In many more rural communities a kekri goat is burnt on the day.
Sápmi, the land of the Sami .. the area the Sami call their land Sápmi and it is quite a large area; about the size of Sweden, but spread out over Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russian Kola Peninsula. The Sami inhabited the region long before the concept of national borders existed. Most experts agree that the Sami culture can be traced back to around 2000 to 2500 years.