The sun rose at 1034am and set at 1345pm. The length of the day was 3 hours and 11 minutes. No sun today, more snow, temperature below zero.
the small road leading to my house
Finland is celebrating today her 94 years of Independence. While many traditions change over the years and new, younger generations pick their own, many, many Finns still celebrate in a quiet manner. Our Independence Days takes place in the darkest time of the year and that of course is a hindrance for all kinds of lively outdoor festivities.
Many Finns turn the TV on in the afternoon to watch the movie "Tuntematon sotilas" ("The Unknown Soldier", there are two versions, today we saw the older version) and veterans (the few that are still here) are highly respected.
the main road towards north
Candles are lit on windowsills at 6 pm, the sight is very pretty. Then finally at 7 in the evening the ones that have not been invited to the important receptions, gather again around TV to watch the President host a big reception and celebration. It is the happening of the year, for weeks people guess who has been invited to the party, every year there is some change in the guest list, and ladies compete who has the most beautiful dress of the year, in recent years also some men guests have started to appear in interesting clothing.
This was the last time for Tarja Halonen, our president, to host the party. We will have new elections next year and she leaves her post. She has ruled for 12 years, I think she has served her country more than well.
more snow! now daily
Finland is a small country, only about 5,3 million people populate this land that stretches over 1160 km/700 miles from north to south and over 540km/336 miles from east to west. I love this small country, this is where the home is and what can you say, home sweet home.
Wool till tomorrow,