TOM’s Finnish Name Day – May 24th

Finland is one of the countries in Europe which celebrates Name Days (called Nimipäivä in Finnish). The tradition of celebrating Name Days dedicates a name or names (male and female) to every calendar day of the year. A person then celebrates a Name Day on the day in the calendar where his or her given name appears.

Tom of Finland was born on May 8th, 1920 with the name “Touko Valio Laaksonen”. May in Finnish is “Toukokuu”. His Name Day is May 24th.

The names used, and their date placement, on the calendar are often associated with religious names, religious days, national historical personalities and national historical events. Traditional country-specific given names, and even new given names which have been integrated and accepted into a list of nationally recognized names are also given their own position on the calendar.

In Finland, Name Days can be celebrated in the same way as a Birthday, where the individual having the Name Day will receive greeting cards, flowers or gifts from friends and family. Name Day celebrations, do however, differ from person to person and some individuals may choose not to mark the day with “pomp and circumstance”. Nevertheless, regardless of how a person celebrates his/her Name Day, they appreciate being wished “Happy Name Day!” (which in Finnish is “Hyvää Nimipäivää!”)

A complete list of Finnish Name Days.

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European Capital of Culture is the pedal hard on the gay imagery

Martin Rosefeldt visited the show in Turku.

Nestled in the south-west Finland, Turku Saturday became the European Capital of Culture 2011. Throughout the year art events will succeed. To begin, the medieval city of 175,000 inhabitants celebrates native son: Tom of Finland, whose real name Touko Laaksonen. Died in 1991, he was the illustrator who has revolutionized the homoerotic imagery. Under his wealth, from the 50s, at a time when homosexuality was still a crime, gay people are virile, happy and sexually very active. Sailors, uniforms, night meetings … folklore fantasized that traded under the cloak and has toured the world. Since his death, Tom of Finland came in galleries and museums.

La capitale européenne de la culture met la pédale dure sur l’imagerie gay

Nichée au sud-ouest de la Finlande, Turku est devenue samedi la capitale européenne de la culture 2011. Tout au long de l’année, les événements artistiques vont se succéder. Pour commencer, la cité médiévale de 175.000 habitants célèbre un enfant du pays : Tom of Finland, de son vrai nom Touko Laaksonen. Disparu en 1991, il est l’illustrateur qui a révolutionné l’imagerie homoérotique. Sous sa mine, dès les années 50, à une époque où l’homosexualité était encore un crime, les gays sont virils, heureux et sexuellement très actifs. Marins, uniformes, rencontres nocturnes… un folklore fantasmé qu’on s’échange sous le manteau et qui a fait le tour du monde. Depuis sa mort, Tom of Finland est entré dans les galeries et les musées.

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