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photo diary 6.12.2010 – finnish independence day

image-34984: Finnish Independence Day Firework

image-34984: Finnish Independence Day Firework ( Tampere / Pirkanma / Finland ) 6.12.2010 18:28

Today kids don´t have to go to school, most shops are closed and busses run on Sunday timetables because people celebrate. But in difference to the Netherlands, where kids receive there Christmas presents – I which you all my Dutch readers a nice Saint Nicholas Parties today – Fins are not Celebrating Christmas today. After being long time (560 years) a part of Sweden and 108 years a part of Russia, Finland declared independents on December the 6th in 1917.

Therefore the 6th of December is a public holiday. Nowadays finish people spend this day watch the movie "The Unknown Soldier" during the day, afterwards follow how special invited guests enter the independence day reception in Helsinki, will talking gossip about the dresses of the women on TV. At 6pm in the evening they meet in there own city walk on the blocked roads to the center, listen to long speeches and watch a firework. After the get together many Finnish families to light two candles in each window of their home.

@my reader: I would be glad if some finish people would comment this blog post and tell us more about how they usually spend there independence Day. Thanks in advance!

image-34994: Finnish Independence Day Firework

image-34994: Finnish Independence Day Firework ( Tampere / Pirkanma / Finland ) 6.12.2010 18:28

image-34926: Finnish Independence Day Firework

image-34926: Finnish Independence Day Firework ( Tampere / Pirkanma / Finland ) 6.12.2010 18:24

image-34968: Finnish Independence Day Firework

image-34968: Finnish Independence Day Firework ( Tampere / Pirkanma / Finland ) 6.12.2010 18:27

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Markus

Well the Independence day rituals goes pretty much like that. I think one of the most important things is to spend it with own family. At least my memories from 6th of December are doing above mentioned things with the family. 🙂

Kaisu

Yeah like Markus said before, thats how it usually goes. In my family we have never really celebrated the independence day, but I’ve seen the Unknown soldier like 15 times :’D There’s actually two versions of it, but the older older is so much better!

Sorry I’m a bit late with my story, but I don’t really celebrate. I do think it’s a big thing that we are independent, but my day passed quite normally, all I did was read the gossip from the internet magazines at night when all the dresses at the „linnan juhlat“ president’s party were pictured and evaluated. 🙂