Watch out for Finland’s ‘northern lights’ in India

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New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) Finland is bringing its striking displays of northern lights to India with a photo exhibition of the spectacular solar flare to be held in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

The Finish Embassy here, together with Fortum India and Visit Finland, will hold the exhibition at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre in Delhi from September 16 to 21. It will be held in the other three metro cities later.

It is part of the celebrations of 100 years of independence of Finland, an embassy statement said.

The exhibition is an opportunity to experience the magic of this nature’s spectacle through images captured by six Finnish photographers. The exhibition will also be held in Dhaka.

Millions of people around the globe visit Finland to witness Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, which means the northern dawn in Latin.

Unpredictable and usually appearing only on very cold nights in Northern Finland above the Arctic Circle, these enchanting illuminations have, through the ages, aroused feelings that they have magical powers beyond human comprehension.

In Finnish, this phenomenon is called ‘revontulet’, which means “fox fires”.

According to a myth, the Northern Lights are painted to the night sky by a running fox sprinkling snow into the night sky with its tail. The auroras have also been said to be thunderstorms without thunder, like a storm that hasn’t grown to the point of releasing sound yet.

“To highlight the many diverse connections between India and Finland, the exhibition turns its eyes to the people of these countries.

The exhibition will also have nine Indians and seven Finns sharing their impressions and experiences of the two countries.

The stories range from living in Finland as an Indian student to impressions of Delhi traffic by a visiting Finn.

These stories celebrate human curiosity and the reward that comes from immersing oneself into a foreign culture with an open heart, the statement said.

–IANS

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