Meet St. Urho, the lesser-known saint who drove the grasshoppers out of Finland

He saved all the wine.
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It's St. Urho's Day!

If you're not familiar, St. Urho is the fictional patron saint of Finland who drove all the grasshoppers out of the country to save the grapes – and in turn, all the wine. St. Urho got them all out by yelling "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen," which translates to "grasshopper, grasshopper, go to hell!"

The story behind St. Urho began in Minnesota in the 1950s, but it's grown to be a day for those of Finnish decent to celebrate their heritage, much like those who are Irish do on St. Patrick's Day.

People don purple and green to represent the grapes and grasshoppers, and celebrate at different events around the country, including a fewin Minnesota, Washington state, Montana, Texas and even Canada.

One of the biggest and most well-known St. Urho's Day celebrations is in Finland, Minnesota. It's in its 42nd year – marking the longest-running St. Urho's Day event in the state. This year's theme is "Urhopalooza," and runs Friday through Sunday with live music, food, a parade and games. Click here for a schedule of events.

"It's a really fun celebration at the end of a strange winter, people can come out and see folks they haven't seen for a while and have a really good time," Urhopalooza organizer Honor Schauland told the Lake County News Chronicle "I think it's really important for our community to spend time together and enjoy something that we all seem to have in common and really just have a good time."

For more information on St. Urho and St. Urho's Day, click here.

Finns in Minnesota

There were an estimated 641,851 people living in the United States who claimed Finnish ancestry in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

An estimated 101,406 of them live in Minnesota – the most of any other state. Michigan had the second most, with 98,950.

Many people from Finland started making their way to Minnesota in the 1860s and 1870s due mainly to poor farming conditions in Finland, the Library of Congress' website shows. You can read more about the history of Finns in Minnesota here.

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