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Archive for December 6th, 2010

06.12.10 – Today marks the 93rd year of Finland’s independence from the Russian empire. It’s customary for families to light two candles and place them in their windows in the evening. According to legend, two candles in the window was a sign for young men heading to Germany and Sweden to join the infantry that the home was ready to offer shelter and keep them hidden from the Russians. Probably the most popular event of the day is Linnan Juhlat, or The Castle Ball, held at the presidential palace. The entrance of the guests is televised and you can bet most Finns will be glued to the tv in the evening.

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