Finland Independence day around the world in 2019

Finland Independence day around the world in 2019
  How long until Finland Independence day?
This holiday next takes place in 169 days.
  Dates of Finland Independence day around the world
2021FinlandDec 6
Finland Mon, Dec 6National Holiday
2020FinlandDec 6
Finland Sun, Dec 6National Holiday
2019FinlandDec 6
Finland Fri, Dec 6National Holiday
2018FinlandDec 6
Finland Thu, Dec 6National Holiday
2017FinlandDec 6
Finland Wed, Dec 6National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrates Finland's declaration of independence from the Russian Empire in 1917

When is Finnish Independence Day?

This holiday is celebrated annually on December 6th and marks the Declaration of Independence from the Russian empire by the Finnish Parliament in 1917.

History of Finnish Independence Day

Finland had been part of the Russian Empire since 1809. Following the Russian revolution and the defeats in the First World War, movements within Finland pushed for independence from Russia and on December 6th 1917, the parliament declared Finland as an independent state.

How is Finnish Independence Day Celebrated?

First celebrated in 1919, Independence Day was initially a solemn occasion with patriotic speeches and special Church services.

In more recent times the Independence Day celebration has become a more vibrant occasion with the blue and white colours of the Finnish flag being proudly displayed in shop windows and bakeries producing cakes with blue and white icing.

An Independence Day tradition is for families to light two candles in the windows of their homes in the evening. This custom became commonplace during the 1920s and is said to recall a time when two candles were placed in the window as a sign to Finnish soldiers that the house would offer them shelter and hide them from the Russians.

It may also represent a custom of placing candles in windows on the birthday of poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg as a silent protest against perceived Russian oppression.

A tradition on the day is to watch the president’s Independence Day gala on television. 

Did you know?

Three facts about Finland Independence day

Finns drink the most coffee per person than any other country. They each drink 12kg of coffee every year, that is twice as much as Italians and three times more than Americans.

The only commonly used English word taken directly from Finnish is 'sauna'.

The first Grand Duke of Finland as part of the Russian Empire was Alexander I, who was also Emperor of Russia and later became King of Poland.

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