Yesterday on the 6th of December was the Finland's 94th Independence day. A and I went to visit a friend of ours and spent the evening there watching the Presidential Independence day reception where our President shakes hands with 2000 guests and the TV-viewers admire or criticise the outfits of the guests. That's how it goes every year.
The whole day is very military oriented. On the day the movie Unknown Soldier comes from television. There are no fireworks and no joyous parades. The closest to anything fun is the University students parade where they just walk, hold candles and sing the national anthem. I've once participated in it and I'm afraid it was a bit boring. Then on the evening everyone lights Independence candle or candles.
Don't get me wrong, Indepence is GREAT, which is why I think the day could actually be celebrated. I bet everyone else than Finnish people think we are in mourning. I'm happy that our friends have come up with a tradition of getting together and watching the Independence day reception together. Friends make the day much more fun.