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Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The day is being marked by events, public and private, starting in the early hours of the day and climaxing with the annual President’s Ball. The public holiday also brings changes to public transport and opening hours.
In the past 15-20 years, Finns have begun to celebrate their Independence Day with window decorations in stores, public flag displays and other patriotic decorative items in the blue and white of the Finnish flag. There are a few local events, most with free admission, announced shortly before the day. Some still hold up the Finnish Independence Day tradition of putting 2 candles in the window at night – in earlier times, this invited friendly troop into the home for food and shelter.
The traditional Finnish Independence Day celebrations in Helsinki continue with a torch lit procession of students from Hietaniemi Cemetery to the Senate Square in the evening. Similar events are held in other Finnish cities. There are a few local events – most with free admission – announced locally. The reception and students’ procession causes disruption to traffic. Shops, Alko liquor stores, banks and post offices will keep their doors closed on this day. The long distance trains also change their time tables.