Independence Day is an annual holiday celebrated in countries around the world commemorating the anniversary of the nation's independence. Each country has it's own reason to celebrate and many are celebrated similarly under other names such as National Day, Foundation Day, Statehood Day or name the day for their country.
Finland's Independence Day is a national public holiday and also one of Finland's Flag Days celebrated on December 6 to commemorate Finland's declaration of independence from the Russian Republic in 1917.
Festivities include the raising of the Finnish flag to start off the day and the Presidential Independence Day reception at the Presidential Palace, which is a nationally televised event.
It is custom to light 2 candles in each window of your home in the evening and blue and white flags, bakery items and celebrations take place around the country.