Academic youth from the capital region have celebrated the Finnish Independence Day together since 1951, the year when Marshal of Finland C.G.E. Mannerheim died. The route follows his funeral cortege route in opposite order, starting from the Hietaniemi cemetery and ending at the Senate square. Students follow their respective student organization flags with torches in their hands, and wear their white Finnish student caps for this celebration.
The torch procession leaves from Hietaniemi Cemetery Gates at 5 p.m. towards the Senate Square and proceeds through the city centre and by the Presidential Palace where President of the Republic greets the procession.
At the Senate Square public festivities begin at 5:55 p.m. The programme includes choir singing and speeches by Mayor Jussi Pajunen and the representatives of the student unions. The event ends approximately at 6:15 p.m.
Come and experience the traditional, atmospheric procession with the academic youth of the capital region. The event is open for everyone to attend!
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