Annual Finnish Christmas Bazaar Serves Needy, Promotes Culture

The line outside the Unitarian Universalist Church in Besthesda (MD) started early, and by time the doors opened at 11 am for the annual Finnish Christmas Bazaar, the line stretched half way down a long driveway. Those in line knew that the many locally baked Finnish breads and pastries would go quickly as they do every year.

It wasn’t until Finnish Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Ritva Kokku-Ronde offerd welcome remarks and cut the ribbon to officially open the bazaar, did those in line begin packing the church. As they waited, they were treated to some Nordic music played by roving minstrels.

Inside, several women dressed in traditional Finnish costumes greeted and waited on the guests. Beside the baked goods, there was a cafe offering many authentic Finnish delights. Guests also could purchase several handicrafts and other items from several vendors. A Grand Raffle offered a grand prize of a $1000 gift card and other items. An edible handcrafted gingerbread manor and house were on display too.

The bazaar has been part of the Washington DC greater metropolitan area for more than 50 years. It is sponsored by the non-profit club Finn Spark, Inc. The club’s mission is to assist needy children and the elderly as well as promoting an appreciation of Finnish culture. All monies raised at the bazaar go to charity. For further info, please visit:

2 comments for “Annual Finnish Christmas Bazaar Serves Needy, Promotes Culture

  1. November 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I am glad I was able to attend and witness tremendous success Kathie. I look forward to future bazaars, and I hope for Finn Spark to have much success in all future endeavors.

  2. November 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    George it was great to have you at the Bazaar and your photos capture the excitement and the crowds. As usual, we sold lots of bread and other Finnish food, wonderful crafts, artworks, and a myriad of imported Finnish and Nordic merchandise. Another successful year – Glad you were able to visit and to photo. KJ

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