Kekri is a traditional agrarian culture’s harvest festival which is celebrated from the end of September to the beginning of November. The main party is nowadays around All Saint’s Day.

Kekri is a traditional Finnish autumn festival which roots back to European agrarian society and its traditions. Back then, Kekri has been the most important celebration which has had five main functions:

* the end of agrarian work year and its celebration

* harvest festival

* the reminiscent day

* new agrarian year’s opening festival

* time to renew contracts with employees


Generally speaking, agrarian work year came to its end on Kekri and people gathered together to enjoy carnival atmosphere and season’s goods. The hard work paid off during Kekri. Simultaneously, people quieted down to reminiscent due to get good luck for the next year. In addition, the new agrarian work year started on Kekri Day when maids and farmhands had an opportunity to renew their contract or move on to other farmhouses.

Later Kekri has integrated in All Saint’s Day and Halloween due to same timing. Halloween roots back to Celtic celebration which is characterized by pumpkin lanterns. Did you know that before pumpkin the lantern was made of turnip?

Kekri is about food. During the celebration the food was not allowed to run out since that would have given bad harvest luck for the next year. One traditional dish was sheep which was cooked as a soup and a roast. The specialty was boiled ram’s head for breakfast. It was also common to have kekriballs - meatballs with season’s root vegetables like beetroot. Other dishes were different kinds of sausages, fishes and loaves together with other typical home made food.


On week 44, we serve typical kekri dishes and emphasize vegetarian choices and twist them up to this date. Welcome to taste the autumn flavours!