The Kalevala is a poetic folk tale of 22,000 verses. It amalgamates gamates folklore with legend, history, and symbolism regarding ing the Finnish people and their land. The poem was memorized and passed down orally by Finnish bards. In 1836 the poem was finally written down, and this day marks the first day it appeared in print. The Finnish celebrate this day by reading the Kalevala, and then partake of a great feast followed lowed by song, dancing, and drink.