It is traditional for Finnish families to light two candles in each window of their home in the evening.
War veterans choir singing in a concert.
Lights in Helsinki streets.
Dinner preparation at home.
The most beautiful flag in the world Menu ~ December 6, 2013
1st course: Gravlax with "Archipelago Rye Bread" Raw spiced salmonis a Nordic dish consisting of raw salmon, cured in salt, sugar and dill . Gravlax is usually served as an appetizer, sliced thinly and accompanied by dill and mustard sauce, either on bread of some kind, or with boiled potatoes.
Salty meat dish prepared mainly out of minced meat (beef and mutton), anchovies or herring and onions. The dish is usually garnished with pickles and sour cream. Snaps is usually served in combination with eating Vorschmack. It was one of the favourite appetizers of the Finnish statesman, war hero and gourmand Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim.
Finlandia Hymn by Sibelius
is the song for the day.
O, Finland, behold, your day is dawning, The threat of night has been banished away, And the lark of morning in the brightness sings, As though the very firmament would sing. The powers of the night are vanquished by the morning light, Your day is dawning, O land of birth. O, rise, Finland, raise up high Your head, wreathed with great memories. O, rise, Finland, you showed to the world That you drove away the slavery, And that you did not bend under oppression, Your day has come, O land of birth.