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Google Doodle celebrates 106th Finland Independence Day on December 6

Google Doodle is celebrating Finland’s 106th independence day on December 6, 2023, through a special doodle whose reach spans the region of Finland.

During the early 20th century, Finland struggled for independence. From 1809 to 1918, Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire, ceded from Sweden to Russia. During World War I and the Russian Revolution, however, the desire for independence gained momentum.

Why December 6?

Finnish independence was declared on December 6, 1917, after over a century of Russian dominion. The establishment of Finland as a sovereign nation marked a pivotal moment in Finnish history. A nation yearning for autonomy, the Declaration of Independence represented self-determination and resilience.

In 1809, Finland became a part of the Russian Empire. On December 6th, 1917, Finland became an independent state following the Russian Revolution and defeats in the First World War.

A group of people emigrated from central Russia to Finland and struggled for centuries to emancipate themselves from Swedish and Russian rule.

Observed annually on December 6th, this holiday commemorates the declaration of independence from the Russian Empire by the Finnish Parliament.

How do Finnish people celebrate?

In the evening, the ecumenical church services are broadcast on television by the Finnish National Broadcasting Company Yle. The Finnish Defence Forces parade is also broadcast on television. Lists of people who have been honoured or promoted in the Defence Forces by the President of Finland are published in the newspapers.

The President of Finland’s Independence Day Reception is the main event of the day.

Finland’s university cities host events, where Independence Day parades feature students wearing white hats and holding lit torches. The march in Helsinki begins at 5 pm at the Hietalahti cemetery. And at about 6 pm, it ends at the Senate Square after passing the Presidential Palace.

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Published: 06 Dec 2023, 06:46 AM IST

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