Finland celebrates its centenary in steamy saunas
There is nothing more Finnish than sauna, so it’s no wonder saunas are widely celebrated in the Finland 100 centenary programme. During Finland’s jubilee, Finnish sauna culture can be seen and experienced in Finland as well as abroad.
Jump on the sauna bandwagon
100 Mobile Saunas’ Parade brings together sauna-lovers and sauna-owners in the centre of Teuva on 27 July. Saunas built in vans, tractors, and other vehicles will create a parade that travels through the main street of Teuva and entertains the audience gathered along the streets.
“We wanted to honour the hundred-year-old Finland by assembling one hundred saunas in a parade, and to be a part of the centenary’s theme, together,” says Jukka Muotio, one of the parade’s organisers.
Besides its practicality and fun side, sauna has other meanings, too. “Sauna is also sacred and solemn, a place for warmth, idleness, calmness, and meditation,” describes Muotio.
Finland 100 project Finland’s 100-year-old saunas features a hundred saunas throughout Finland that are at least a hundred years old and still in use. The project highlights the history associated with the saunas. Finnish sauna culture is introduced from different perspectives, such as bathing practices and architecture.
Finnish Sauna Festival celebrates Finland’s centenary by bringing the sauna culture among the city dwellers in the middle of several Finnish cities. The festival is held in Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä during summer 2017.
Enjoying the steam abroad
Many important decisions in Finland’s history have been made in a sauna. Sweating for Europe places the Finnish sauna tradition in the European political discourse by inviting MEPs and citizens to discuss the most burning topics in Europe. Artist Dida Zende has converted an old fire truck into a sauna, which will be parked in front of the European parliament in Brussels, on 24 and 25 April.
If you happen to be in Paris, check out Sauna100, which is situated on the terrace of Bar à Bulles, roof of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Sauna100 is organised by the French-Finnish Young Chamber of Commerce and Club Franco-Finlandais, and the aim is to demonstrate Finnish culture and tradition in a most natural way. The mission of the Sauna100 is to bathe as many different nationalities and Finnish expatriates as possible.
Finnish saunas can also be spotted in the United States. Traveling Sauna celebrates Finland by highlighting Finnish culture, achievements, and innovation. The sauna will travel over 10,000 miles: the journey began from West Coast, and it continues through Mid-West to East Coast. Its final destination will be Washington D.C. in December.
Finland 100 centenary year offers something different for conference goers, too. North American Sauna Society will organise a Sauna Seminar in New York City in September. The seminar introduces Finnish lifestyle and core Finnish values, achievements, and technology.
Read more about saunas here.