Independence Day is a public holiday on 6 December to celebrate Finland’s withdrawal from Russia after the events of World War I.
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Independence Day also celebrates Finnish veterans and various concepts of patriotism. The holiday is often a very joyous holiday that many people use to spend time with their friends and family members while reflecting on important historical events.
As with many major holidays in Europe and North America, decorations are used to mark the arrival of Independence Day in Finland. 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. Various blue and white decorations are often seen in various Finnish towns and cities on Independence Day.
Independence 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. Policemen and public servants are also sometimes honoured.
One of the most exciting events of Independence Day in Finland is the Independence Day Reception. This is a large formal gala that is televised on all of the major television networks. This event is attended by politicians, celebrities, athletes, activists, and various honoured guests. Everyone in attendance reflects on their independence while enjoying live music, comedy performances, and other forms of entertainment.