Haanjamaa Smoke Sauna Week 8.-10.08.2014
Sauna has been a part of the people of Haanjamaa for thousands of years. It didn't used to be just a place to wash up in. It was much more than that.
Our predecessors were born in saunas and died there. Our whole life circle revolved around the sauna. It was a place where people contemplated themselves and their life.
The fast development in the recent decades has resulted in changes in the tradition and customs of sauna. Different kinds of saunas have been invented. The traditional smoke sauna with its customs, wisdoms and beliefs has become a unique experience, even exclusive.
Haanja area is still an active promoter of smoke saunas - together with its beliefs, skills and knowledge.
The first Haanja Smoked Sauna Week was held in 2011.
The best words to describe this event are ‘simple’ and ‘natural’. For some of the people in Haanja area smoke sauna is still the only place for washing. For them it is a natural way of living, a tradition passed on from generation to generation.
Every sauna has its story and traditions. No two smoke saunas are alike. While anyone can heat up the regular sauna, the smoke sauna has only one sauna master or lady. It usually takes 5 or 6 hours to heat up the smoke sauna, after which it must stay a couple of hours and close attention is paid to the fumes. The preparation time until smoke sauna is ready to be enjoyed takes a full working day.
On the day of the smoke sauna, everyone must lend a hand collecting wood, heating up the sauna, carrying water, but also preparing lunch and dinner. All and all it is a very natural day from morning till night.