19***Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää!! Happy Independence Day!!
äRRä's candy calendaR 2010 wishes Happy Birthday to Finland and Happy Independence day to all Finns around the world.
19 days to Christmas!
Even here in Sweden (or especially here!) we will celebrate The Day by watching the glore of gowns in Linnan juhlat from Finnish TV tomorrow evening. And light two candles at six. The only sad thing is, that the public holiday doesn't reach us all the way here.. :)
Here's some background of the broadcast from Wikipedia:
In the evening, the Presidential Independence Day reception is held for approximately 2000 invited guests at the Presidential Palace. This event, known as Linnan juhlat ("the Castle Ball"), is broadcast on national television and has been a perennial favorite of the viewing public. The first presidential all was organised in 1919, and the event has been held most years since.
The most popular television segment of the Independence day reception is the entrance of the guests.
These include persons who receive invitations every year, including the knights of the Mannerheim Cross (traditionally the first ones to enter), members of the Government and the Parliament of Finland, archbishops, judges, high military and police officers, and various diplomats and dignitaries.
The second group includes people of the President's own choosing, typically entertainers, activists, sports persons, and in general, people who have been in the spotlight over the past year.
The last people to enter are always the previous presidents.
PS for those of you not familiar with Finland's history, some clips from again Wikipedia:)
* Finland declared independence in 1917
* Finland's Independence Day (Finnish: itsenäisyyspäivä, Swedish: självständighetsdag) is a national public holiday held on 6 December to celebrate Finland's declaration of independence from the Russian empire.
* Before Russian rule, Finland was conquered by Sweden: Swedish kings established their rule in 1249. The area of present-day Finland became a fully consolidated part of the Swedish kingdom.
* Swedish became the dominant language of the nobility, administration and education.
* in 1809, having been taken over by the armies of Alexander I of Russia in the Finnish War, Finland became an autonomous Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire until the end of 1917.
* During the Russian era, the Finnish language began to gain recognition.
* to date, Finland is bi-lingual country, with a minority of ca. 5% of Swedish-speaking people
Finland ranks the best country in the world in the 2010 Newsweek survey based on health, economic dynamism, education, political environment and quality of life.