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Experiences - Jan 06, 2020

Festivities of Finland – celebrations that will put a smile on your face

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Snowflakes to fireworks, the festivities of the Finn (the people of Finland) range from enchanting to electrifying. Castle Balls to Santa’s meet and greets, freedom speeches to fortune telling, blue and white to red and green, there’s beauty in this diversity! The icy wonder of Christmas, the colourful shine of Christmas decorations, the fiery allure of New Year, the solemn flame of Independence Day… the sacredness and the magic are all yours to enjoy!

Come join us at Club Mahindra for a fiesta of all things celebratory, so you can savour extraordinary experiences and a whole breath-taking scenic landscape. We’ve put together a list of some of the most universal festivals, placing emphasis on how it’s interpreted in the happy Kingdom of Finland!

Independence Day

One of Finland’s most profound and inspiring celebrations, Independence Day, arrives every year on the 6th of December. It was on this day, in the year 1917, that the nation gained independence from the Russians. Finns commemorate this freedom through a host of traditional rituals that reflect both, solitude and enjoyment. Blue and white decorations adorn homes and streets, the most special ones being little candles, placed in twos, that sit on window sills. Individuals pay homage to war graves and memorial stones, placing wreaths of flowers, holding candle lit marches or simply saying a few words. The Unknown Soldier, a film adapted on the novel of the same name by Väinö Linna, is watched in great earnest and admiration. A sumptuous feast is shared by families and friends, many of whom bake gingerbread cookies and plum tarts as season treats before Christmas! Linnan Juhlat or the Castle Ball is a lavish gala held by the government at the presidential castle in Helsinki, hosting people who have made remarkable achievements in the fields of culture, politics, business and humanities. The sparkly highlight of the day, guests arrive in the finest couture garments and mingle with the most influential people. Who knows, you could even catch a glimpse of the psychedelic Northern Lights! If this noble day seems fascinating and intriguing to you, why not experience Finland tourism with Independence Day? Check out Club Mahindra reviews for a better understanding!

Christmas

If you didn’t already know, Santa Claus lives in the town of Rovaniemi in Lapland - Finland.

Santa Claus daytime

This region spells enchantment and celebration, right from its snowy landscapes to its tinselled, bobbled and fairy lit trees. Club Mahindra Reviews never fail to mention the little wooden post office that holds all the letters to the jolly man himself. You can meet St. Nicholas and celebrate Christmas Eve in a spectacular story book fashion! But, there’s more to a classic Finnish Christmas than the fantasy of Santa. So, how is Christmas celebrated? A northern Christmas entails certain elements that contribute to a cosy and traditional setting. Nature is the essence of a quintessential backdrop, with snow blanketed plains and star dotted skies to set the mood. Ice lanterns hang on the driveways, a noteworthy Christmas decoration that complements the starlight shining from above. Finns celebrate at the family home or rent a rustic cottage in the countryside, preparing a bountiful meal of pork roast, fish, casseroles and salad. Carols are belted out with great gusto, usually after the Christmas ale is poured. Individuals then retreat to a wonderful sauna, savouring the steamy warmth that emanates into the skin.

SummerNight

The next morning is spent in dreamy union with gooey rice pudding! If you’d like to partake in the cheer of this season, why not head there before Christmas eve and also indulge in the Christmas and New Year celebrations?

New Year

Like with most celebrations across the world, Finnish New Year is glitzy and filled with panache, according to Club Mahindra reviews. Fireworks are an intrinsic part of the splendour, illuminating the inky night with bright colour and sound. Themed parties and balls organised by restaurants and clubs add to the festive ambience of the nation, although some choose to spend it at home with close friends and families. During the latter, a smorgasbord or Nordic buffet is prepared (hot and cold snacks) and midnight is commemorated with a glass of champagne or wine, making resolutions for the year! On a more traditional note, in the capital of Helsinki, a New Year’s Eve ceremony is held at the Senate Square. The city Mayor and Bishop make speeches, while artistes perform musical numbers and visitors greet one another. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of a Finnish New Year is its element of magic, which has managed to stay prevalent even after generations. Much like Midsummer Night, rituals of fortune telling, card reading and tin casting are held at fairs. Tricks are performed and love is predicted! Mystique shrouds the air and mystery fills hearts. Is it any wonder that the Nordics are mystical beings?

So, which festival brings a smile to your face? Are you excited to explore the merriment of Finland tourism with your Club Mahindra membership fees? With our Holiday Club resorts at Saimaa, Katinkulta, Kuusamon Tropiikki and Saariselkä, you can partake in the celebrations like a true Finn!

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