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Fun and festivities in Finland - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

National holidays and festivals in Finland are a reflection of the distinctive culture of this northern country. The number of public holidays in a year is not so many, but they are all official holidays. Religious events are celebrated in accordance with the Gregorian calendar since most Finns are Protestants. At the same time, they are celebrated within the family circle, since it is not customary to organize public open-air festivities for Easter or Christmas in the country. One of the most significant days of state importance is Independence Day celebrated at the beginning of December. It is celebrated to honor the moment Finland became an independent state. Today, the celebration of this event is imbued with a sense of Finnish patriotism. Parades, processions, exhibitions and concerts are organized in different cities. A festive divine service is held in the Cathedral and in the Presidential Palace there is a solemn ball.
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One of the main religious holidays of the country is April Easter. Its main action is the procession of the representatives of the three directions of Christianity. In large cities, theater performances on religious themes are displayed, and charity events are organized. Members of the family celebrate Easter with a festive dinner with a traditional rye pie “mammi”, cake, curd pasta, rye pudding and a lamb dish. Multicolored eggs are hidden in the house or garden, after which children try to search for them. In accordance with the pagan traditions of the celebration of the coming of spring, houses for Easter are decorated with flowers and flowerpots with green grasses. The Easter morning is met with music and ritual bonfires.
The May Day or Vappu is connected with the pagan tradition of the Vikings to conduct rituals for the protection of crops from evil spirits. Today this is a festival of spring and youth, whose main character are students. On the festive day, the students dress in colorful overalls “haalarit” and participate in the traditional wearing of a white cap (ylioppilaslakki) on the head of Havis Amanda (the sea mermaid) – a statue of a fountain on the Market Square in Helsinki. At six o’clock in the evening, the celebration is started with colorful fireworks, bathing in fountains, “tippaleipa” sweets and honey. The Lutheran religious festival Hellunthai or Pentecost is associated with the praise of love and youth. Young men profess love to girls and wait for an answer at the “May” tree decorated with ribbons, flags and scarves. A sign of the beloved’s consent is the presentation of a basket with fruits, sweets and flowers to the young man. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The favorite holiday of the Finns is the June Juhannus or Ivanov’s day (midsummer). On the night of the festival, thousands of bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits. Girls are entertained with fortune-telling, while young men spend the night in festivities and drinking to attract prosperity and a good harvest. It is not accepted to sleep on Juhannus. Modern youth often prefer visiting Suomenlinna with its annual rock festival taking place on Ivanovo’s night than singing campfire songs. In autumn, there is one more merry holiday, the All Saints’ Day. It is closely connected with the Day of Remembrance of the Deceased in the Protestant tradition. According to popular beliefs, on the night of the feast the dead watch the living from the sky; hence lights are lit in every house. They are intended to scare away the evil spirits of “kaamos”. Young people get dressed in costumes of evil spirits and visit the neighboring houses demanding for sweets. Clubs host groovy parties in the style of horror films.
In March, traditional races on reindeer sleighs are held in the vicinity of Hetta. June is the month of musical festivals in Naantali, Ilmajoki, Korsholm, and Kuopio. In the same month of June, Turku hosts a festival of medieval culture with spectacular theatrical performances and fairs. In July, the folklore festival “Stundars” is held in the city of Vaasa, the Lace Week in Rauma, the Opera Festival in Savonlinna, the Song Festival in Joensuu, and the Jazz Festival in Pori. August is the month of the competition for washing golden sand in Sodankylä. In Tampere at this time is a large-scale Theater Festival. Among the autumn and winter festivals, it is worth emphasizing the September Ballet Festival in Mikkeli, the “First Snow Games” in Rovaniemi, the capital festival “Forces of Light” during the polar night with amazing light and sound shows, as well as the unique Arctic golf festival on the snow in Ounasvaara.
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Uniques spots of Finland

Bath Gloskar

From the series “Most Extraordinary Thermaes, Baths and Saunas in the World”
Travellers who rest in Finland near Lake Larsmo, have an opportunity to visit a sauna, which is located on a real ferry. It has been built on a unique project and represents an impressive size complex, whose weight is 36 tons. A very beautiful sauna has been built on the ferry. It resembles a fairy-tale castle, up to 20 people at a time can have rest in it. Guests of the sauna are served by a professional crew. They will have an opportunity not only to soak in a real Finnish sauna, but also to make an unforgettable water trip on lake Larsmo.

The ferry was specially equipped to accommodate the sauna and is unique in its kind. There is an original sauna at the pier Café 7 broar, it can be rented by everyone. Typically, the duration of the lease is 4 - 5 hours. The ferry has spacious open ... Read all

Saunabus

From the series “Most Extraordinary Thermaes, Baths and Saunas in the World”
Guests of Helsinki can order a wheeled bus sauna for recreation. This is a classic Finnish sauna, which has been furnished in a big bus. The latter did not lose its original purpose after modernization. The sauna can be ordered to any neighbourhood of the city and to the surrounding areas. Some tourists go by this bus to watch city sights.

The idea of creating 'sauna on wheels' belongs to a young designer Heikki Tolonen. He has been assisted by a team of talented young specialists. It is important to note that Tolonen is an experienced specialist in the design of different vehicles, so the sauna for him was not the first project of this kind. The interior of the bus was decorated with wood and bright fabrics. The sauna is equipped with a pleasant lighting system.

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Finland

Helsinki
There are many nightclubs and discos in the city. Here absolutely every traveller will find a place to rest that will fit his/her taste perfectly. Kaarle XII is the oldest nightclub of the city. It was opened in 1976. The club will attract fans of various musical styles. Gourmet visitors will also like it, because … Read more
Tampere
A favorite holiday destination among visitors of the city is a picturesque Pyynikki Park. It is perfect for a relaxing stroll, picnic and sports activities. There is a beautiful old tower in the park; its top is equipped with a beautiful viewing platform. Park is located along the coast, so in warmer months many … Read more
Lapland
Speaking of natural things, we should definitely mention the lovely Ranua Zoo. This picturesque corner of nature became home to hundreds of animals and birds; some of the most curious of its inhabitants are owls. The zoo occupies quite a vast area and has a very natural and comfortable design. One of the most … Read more

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