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no, we eat frozen blood of our enemies
On popsicle sticks.
Oh yes, tho this only happens on the Winter Solstice, the day when the sun barely shows up. We gather in the woods, leaving the cities for only few persons to keep an eye on things.
We travel on foot to the old Hiisis, the holy grounds from our past, bringing a sacrifice to our gods Tapio (forests and land), Ukko (sky, weather) and Ahti (water and sea) and the great Ursa Major on the sky.
We lit bonfires, one per one Hiisi, and pray that the Winter Solstice night sky, as black as our souls, would show us answers we seek.
And then the sacrificing begins; tons of fine meats are thrown in the bonfires around the country, usually a cow, moose or reindeer, still giving the last beats on their hearts before the fire reaches them.
After this we eat, never anything big; the children will have the before mentioned frozen blood of our enemies -popsicles (tho now days it’s just blood of an animal) and the adults will have either coffee or mulled wine, sweetened with the taste of blood (it always feels unfair when you become adult and you have to leave the popsicles to the children because nothing wins the frozen blood slowly warming up on your tongue, leaving the taste of iron for days in your mouth).
After the meat/s starts to smell grilled in the bonfire, we pray again, and a priestess (who is more closer to a witch than a priestess) sends the Grand Wish for the gods (the Grand Wish is voted earlier and each city has their own) and then we wait.
The waiting can last from few minutes to six hours and if the sky is lighted up by the Northern Lights, we know the gods have heard our prays. If the lights doesn’t show up after the sixth hour, we know we have failed the ritual and that we have to do better the next year.
After the thing (no matter if it was a succeed or not) we share few bottles of Koskenkorva (children will have Mehukatti), get drunk and get home. Nobody touches the meat in the bonfires because they are left for the gods.