Hundreds of children all over Finland are getting ready for the annual Independence Day party for children, which mirrors the formal reception that is held each year at the Presidential Palace.
The event is hosted by Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) and takes place on 5th December, the eve of Independence Day, at House of the Estates in Helsinki.
The celebration gathers pupils across the country, with two ten-year-old from every municipality receiving an invitation to attend.
In total more than 500 children will gather to celebrate and congratulate Finland, while the PM will be busy shaking hands with every single one of them.
Rinne says it’s a great joy to host the children for the first time, and welcome them to the capital city.
“I am really looking forward to hearing what my special guests are particularly proud of in
Finland. One of my most important tasks as the prime minister is to build the Finnish welfare state into an even better place, especially for children, who are our future” he says in an official press release.
The Prime Minister’s Office is organising the event jointly with the Mannerheim League for
Child Welfare and the Office of the Ombudsman for Children.
Secretary-General of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare Milla Kalliomaa is excited about the concept.
“I think a traditional feast is a great way of including children in celebrating Finland. The
children’s party focuses on fun and games for everyone, leaving no-one out. The Children’s
Independence Day party also reminds us of the rights of children, and that they are citizens who have important things to say to us adults” she says.
The young guests have been practicing classic dances and party etiquette throughout the autumn term to prepare for the ball.
The theme for this year’s celebration is going to be ‘Finland in the World and the
World in Finland’.