How to Celebrate Finnish Independence Day

A public holiday in Finland on the 6th of December. Includes solemn celebrations to honor the gained independence from Russian Empire in 1917.


  1. 1
    Rise the Finnish flag at 8-9 am if you have one.
  2. 2
    During daytime, either take part in a torchlight procession close to the main church of your town, go to a church or visit war memorials. If you are unprivileged and in Helsinki, get food from a man called Hursti.
  3. 3
    Find 2 blue-white candles, lite them, and put them in the window.
  4. 4
    Watch the movie Unknown Soldier from TV.
  5. 5
    Invite your family or friends. Prepare a nice dinner using quality ingredients and a hint of Finnish flavor. Decorate with small flags.
  6. 6
    In the evening, switch on a Finnish national TV channel and follow Presidential Independence Day reception (Linnan Juhlat) broadcast. Comment on the style and etiquette of famous people and spot neighbors. If you are invited, follow the instructions in the invitation.
  7. 7
    At 20.00 lower the flag and blow out the candles.


  • Creative people might occasionally host on their our reception with ball dancing and dresses, have alternative parties or demonstrations.


  • If you are young and reckless, by using these instructions you might get bored.
  • In December it can be cold in Finland.

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