Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hyvää 94. Itsenäisyyspäivää Suomi - Happy Independence Day Finland!

94 years ago Finland got independent from Russia. After that we've had some a few times arguments with the eastern neighbor. Every independence day the national broadcasting company shows the old school black-and-white movie "Tuntematon Sotilas" - "Unknown Soldier" from 1955. It is about the second world war in Finland, the contingency war we had on the Eastern frontier.
To get to the mood, check out from Youtube the Finlandia by Sibelius...

Tonight is also the traditional President's reception with somewhat 2.000 guests = hands to shake by the president. It's been a fun event to check out the outfits, one more horrible that the other - and some positive ones too.
I've not been invited yet, so I need to comment it by hear-say and media experience, but the dancing is not something I'd be looking for.
The ones who wish to watch it online - like we did during the Brussels years - visit here. There are also pages with about this year's events in Finnish in here, for images later on 18:30 Finnish time (CET +1 hour), check out the "Kuvagalleria"-section.

Toisin sanoen, jos haluat seurata Linnan Juhlat 2011 online internet-lähetyksenä, se onnistuu YLE Areenalta 18:30 Suomen aikaa. Tietoja päivän muista tapahtumista löytyy täältä.
Happy Independence Day of Finland -
Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää!!!

PS I almost forgot that today is also Saint Nicholas day. In Belgium today is the main present day of the year, Christmas has come along only afterwards and nowadays kids have two opportunities for presents...

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