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(That’s our president right there, pic hinted to me by reproduced-reality)
I’m not sure how other countries celebrate independence days but in Finland you wont see anyone on the streets celebrating loudly (Unless you go to the cemeteries where some people might take a walk and lay candles to the graves). Finns respect holiday this important by silence and peace. It would be rude to carouse on the streets.
Traditionally people mostly spend Independence Day at home with family. They eat something, probably sauteed reindeer with mashed potatoes or Karelian stew. Then, of course, there’s blue and white coloured candles lighten up in front of the windows.
In my childhood there was absolutely nothing interesting from TV, only war documentaries and “The Unknown Soldier” movie coming in the afternoon. Today there’s plenty of cartoons and “The Unknown Soldier” is shown later in the evening (and you can decide whether you’ll watch the movie, Lordi’s winning at Eurovision Song Contest or Finland-Sweden 2011 Ice Hockey World Championship Finals).
But to the Main Event: The broadcasted President’s party from TV, the “Castle’s Party!” This year it’s different because the “castle” is under renovation but I guess the main idea stays the same: We watch TV for three hours and watch as famous people and people on high position shake hands with the President Sauli Niinistö and his wife. And of course you judge all female dresses and condemn etiquette blunders. There’s a concert afterwards but I guess that’s the part of the party we wont get to see.
Today has been a good day when it comes to fyeahfinnishmusicaltheatre Advent Calendar submissions. Mine may be silly, but today, I’ve gotten some serious competition… :’)
So it turns out Glenn is in the ensemble of Stockholms stadteater’s Sweeney Todd (happy premiere vibes to them tonight!), but, due to name-related reasons, I never realized it’s him until now.
I just got at least 50 % more excited about the Stockholm leg of my my Nordisk Musikal Turné next February…
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