Happy Independence Day, Finland!
The country celebrates 101 years of independence
- December 06, 2018 15:20, 921 impressions
- Olya Georgieva
On 6 December Finland celebrates its Independence Day and the withdrawal from Russia after the events of World War I. This day is a time to reflect on the history of Finland and the sacrifices that were made by Finnish citizens. Many Finnish citizens visit war memorials and cemeteries to pay their tributes to the Finnish soldiers of World War I and World War II.People often place special blue and white candles in the windows of homes and stores. In addition to these candles, patriotic Finnish citizens also raise flags and hang banners.
Finland’s 101st Independence Day celebrations began this morning with the traditional raising of the Finnish flag on Observatory Hill Park (Tähtitorninmäki) in Helsinki. As per tradition, the flag-raising ceremony is followed by an ecumenical church service at Helsinki Cathedral at noon, attended by President Sauli Niinistö, and a military parade. The parade is arranged by a different city each year and this year it is Mikkeli’s turn. The day culminates with the Independence Day reception, hosted by the presidential couple at the presidential palace, which is the most-watched television event of the year. This year’s theme of the reception, our shared environment, will be prominent in, for example, the guests, music, foods and drinks served and in the decorations used.