Photo Helsingin kaupungin kuvapankki (c) Seppo Laakso
Independence Day 2023
Finland's Independence Day on 6 December is celebrated with joy and dignity in many traditional events.
Finland's Independence Day on 6 December is celebrated with joy and dignity in many traditional events. The day traditionally concludes in intimate moments at homes and banquet halls as the evening grows darker.
The day starts off with special services in churches with chorus interpretations of the Finlandia Hymn by Sibelius.
An ecumenical service is held at the Helsinki Cathedral at noon. Traditionally many churches around the city organise special events on Independence Day. During the day, the Soldiers' Grave at the Hietaniemi Cemetery is usually lined with floral arrangements and a patrol of guards then pay their respects to the fallen soldiers who fought with their lives for the independence of the nation.
As the evening falls, the traditional University Students' Torch Parade starts off at 5 pm at the Hietaniemi Cemetery, heading towards the Senate Square. The route is: Hietaniemenkatu – Arkadiankatu – Pohjoisesplanadi – Presidential Palace – Mariankatu – Aleksanterinkatu – Senate Square. The President of the Republic usually greets the procession from the Palace balcony.
As always, the local tradition is to light two candles on window sills at 6 pm.
Free entry, the program will be confirmed later.