Spectacular display of fireworks climax the Finland 100 centenary
The centenary of Finland’s independence has been celebrated across Finland and around the world. A range of events that took place over several days culminated in the Independence Day evening and the blue-and-white fireworks displays in many cities. Finland’s 100th anniversary will remain in Finland’s history as the most extensive and diverse jubilee year that Finns and friends of Finland created together.
On Independence Day, 6 December, across Finland, thousands of young people set out to remember the deceased heroes who safeguarded Finland’s country’s independence. The Finnish Defence Forces’ Independence Day parade in Kuopio and students’ processions in several towns and cities added to the magnificent atmosphere and attracted large crowds of viewers. The hundred-year-old country was also celebrated at The President of the Republic’s reception in Helsinki.
The surprise of the Independence Day was, when seven million birthday messages were sent to Finnish mobile phone numbers. This was a unique achievement on an international scale.
Dozens of well-known sites and iconic landmarks around the world were illuminated with blue-and-white lights in honour of Finland, and several countries greeted Finland with messages from the heads of state. All Finnish embassies organised a reception for Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence, and numerous Finnish communities held parties to celebrate their home country. Millions of people congratulated the hundred-year-old Finland with images and messages in the social media.
The celebrations of the centenary of Finland’s independence reached its climax in the Independence Day evening in the Finnish capital: more than 100,000 people had gathered in Helsinki to watch the Finland 100 fireworks light up the sky. The spectacular display of fireworks was arranged to the tune of Sibelius’ Finlandia, and it also marked the closing of the centenary year.