Finland’s 100th anniversary begins with the creation of a song bridgePublished: 05.12.2017

On Wednesday 6 December, the Republic of Finland celebrates its centenary and the festive celebration in Tallinn begins at 8.45 am at the Finnish Embassy. At the joint singing ceremony, the Finnish anthem will be sung, led by conductor Aarne Saluveer, and the live broadcast of the singing will reach television audiences in Finland and Estonia.  

The congratulatory wish in the form of joint singing will take place in the courtyard of the Embassy of the Republic of Finland, where the Prime Minister, members of the government and a 100-member choir will gather. Along with members of government and the Defence Forces Orchestra, the ERR girls' and male choirs will perform the Finnish national anthem "Maamme". "To symbolise the friendship of the neighbouring countries, the broadcast of musical congratulations will reach Finnish viewers through the Yle TV 1 channel and via ETV in Estonia," Margus Kasterpalu, who leads Estonia’s  100th anniversary’s major projects, said.

In order for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland to be marked all over Estonia, the government declared 6 December of this year to be an extraordinary day flag day. Estonia’s blue, black and white flags will be raised by all state and local government bodies and legal entities governed by public law. "In addition to state and local government institutions, all households, companies and organisations are expected to raise the Estonian flag," Gert Uiboaed, insignia adviser at the Government Communication Unit said. The flags are raised at sunrise at the latest or at 8 am  and are lowered at sunset.

In honour of Finland's 100th anniversary of independence, Stenbock House, the official seat of the Estonian Government in Tallinn and the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu will be lit in the colours of the Finnish flag. Stenbock House and Vanemuine Theatre will remain lit up in blue and white until the early morning of 7 December. Various countries around the world have joined the tradition of lighting buildings.

The festive day will end with a blue and white fireworks display at 21:25 on Freedom (Vabaduse) Square in Tallinn.
 

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