Tiernapojat in Käpylä – Traditional Finnish Christmas Play

Tiernapojat is a story about the three wise men’s journey to see the newborn Jesus and king Herod’s order to kill all baby boys to get rid of him. The play is part of Christmas festivities in most schools so its songs and lines are well-known among Finns.

The version played on Pohjolankatu street in Helsinki modifies the story and characters a bit. Those of you who know the story, can you spot Vellihousu character from the photos?

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See the play performed in a popular tv-serie Kotikatu. It’s mostly sang so it can be enjoyed even if you don’t understand the lyrics.

4 thoughts on “Tiernapojat in Käpylä – Traditional Finnish Christmas Play

  1. Nice pics! It’s interesting to learn that Finland has a traditional Christmas play, as we also have one in Mexico. The script is not standard but it’s usually about the journey of the shepherds to attend the birth of baby Jesus. On their journey they must fight/overcome the Devil and its gang who try to stop them from arriving on time. They are called “Pastorelas”.

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