Fan carving is thought to have originated in Russia, east of Finland. Within Europe, the fan bird dove is also known as Holy Spirit, dove of peace, ceiling bird, Christmas bird, spirit bird, whittled bird and shaving bird, among many others.
The bird was hung from the ceiling in the home so that it can move with any breezes. It represents or symbolizes the Holy Spirit, protection, health and happiness for the family. Customs in Europe vary: some are more religious but all are about happiness, protection and good health.
All birds are sent in their own cardboard box ready to hang with a leaflet describing their history and how they are made. Often given as gifts, these fan birds make great christening presents and unique Christmas decorations.