Finnish Traditions

Finnish Traditions

Finns celebrate the biggest holidays Christmas, Lucia, Eastern and Midsummer in a similar way as the other northern countries: Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. You can easily get a taste of the Finnish traditions by having a Karelian pastry. Karelian pasties are traditional pasties or pirogs from the region of Karelia. Today they are eaten throughout Finland as well as in the neighbouring country Estonia and northern Russia. The pirogs are consisting of a thin pastie with a special kind of filling, mashed potatoes, or rice porridge.

Finland’s Independance Day

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Finns are proud of their country and they celebrate Finland’s Independence Day on 6 December with pride. The Independence Day is about honoring those who lost their lives fighting for the country’s independence, both in WWI and WWII. People take part in torch light processions and visit the graves of the soldiers at the cementeries. Family and friends meet up and have dinner together in someone’s home or at a restaurant. Some Finns place candles on the window shelves with the same color as the flag, white and blue.

Celebration of the national poet

Another day that Finns celebrate is February 5th. February 5th is the celebration of the national poet J.L Runeberg. Johan Ludvig Runeberg, 1804-1877, was a writer and poet, considered the national poet of Finland. His most widespread work is called Fänrik Ståls sägner. That work includes the text of the Finnish national anthem with the title: Our country. Other famous writers are also celebrated. Finland loves all of its poets and novelists, virtually all famous writers have their own Flag Day. Runeberg’s torte, a jam-topped muffin with almonds and rum or arrack.