Whether it is Easter, Midsummer or the 1st of May Finns always put a special touch to their national holidays.
Finns have a strong sense of celebration even if the country’s long and dark winters put limits to outdoor activities. On the other hand, precisely because of winter many of the country’s major celebrations and traditions occur during this season. Winter celebrations within Finland’s annual cycle include Saint Lucia’s Day and Shrove Sunday, which in Finland is celebrated on a Tuesday. These celebrations have strong roots in Finnish culture.
Full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.