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Independence Day

Independence Day 2017 and 2018

Independence Day is a public holiday in Finland that is important to many Finnish people.

YearDateDayHoliday
20176 DecWedIndependence Day
20186 DecThuIndependence Day

his holiday celebrates Finland’s withdrawal from Russia after the events of World War I. It also celebrates Finnish veterans and various concepts of patriotism. Independence Day is celebrated on December 6 each year. Independence Day 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.

Celebrations

Independence Day is one of the largest holidays celebrated in Finland. The scale of the celebrations is comparable to that of Christmas or Easter.

  • Decorations

    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.

  • Businesses Close

    Since Independence Day is a Finnish public holiday, it should come as no surprise that government employees enjoy a day off fromz work on December 6. Most businesses also close on Independence Day. With the exception of a few large businesses, nearly every store and shop in Finland closes on December 6. This ensures that Finnish citizens are able to enjoy the important festivities with their friends and family members.

  • War Memorials

    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 honored.

  • Speeches

    The importance of Independence Day to Finnish citizens is often reflected by the number of speeches that are given in Helsinki during the holiday. The Finnish President, politicians, and various activists often use the holiday to address political issues. Speakers always mention topics that are oriented around patriotism and citizenship. Sovereignty and self-determination are important topics for many Finnish citizens, so many people listen to these speeches in Helsinki Square. After reflecting on the past, Finnish citizens use the holiday as a reason to be hopeful for the future.

  • Awards

    During Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki, numerous awards are granted to Finnish citizens. The importance of these awards vary greatly, but many citizens are honored directly by the president of Finland. These most honored recipients are often individuals who have committed acts of great heroism or charity. Thousands of medals and ribbons are awarded to Finnish citizens during these ceremonies.

  • Music

    Many Finnish students go to Helsinki Square to listen to live music after listening to patriotic speeches. The music options are always about national pride. Both traditional and popular renditions of songs can be expected during these music shows.

  • Bakeries

    Some Finnish bakeries offer free pastries to passersby during Independence Day celebrations. These pastries are often decorated with blue and white icing.

  • Movies and Television

    All of the major television stations in Finland help people celebrate Independence Day by broadcasting popular war movies and documentaries. One of the most popular movies is “Unknown Soldier”. “Unknown Soldier” is a Finnish film about World War II that was first released in 1955. It is considered to be a classic Finnish war film. Most of the films featured during Independence Day celebrations are based on the World Wars.

  • Feast

    After enjoying a day of festivities with friends and family members, many people in Finland eat a large meal. This feast usually consists of Finnish cuisine and wine. During the feast, family members often discuss the importance of Finnish independence and their freedoms. This feast is comparable to an American Thanksgiving meal.

  • Independence Day Reception

    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 honored guests. Everyone in attendance reflects on their independence while enjoying live music, comedy performances, and other forms of entertainment.

Independence Day in Finland is a time for the Finnish people to enjoy time with their family members while being thankful for their freedoms and form of government.