Finland's Independence Day is on December 6, celebrating Finnish independence from Russia. The history behind Finland's Independence Day is the nomination of Finland to become an independent state, on December 6, 1917.
In the past 15-20 years, Finns have begun to celebrate their Independence Day with window decorations in stores, public flag displays and other patriotic decorative items in the blue and white of the Finnish flag. Some still hold up the Finnish Independence Day tradition of putting 2 candles in the window at night - in earlier times, this invited friendly troops into the home for food and shelter.
"Independence Day" in Finnish is "Itsenäisyyspäivä". In Swedish, it's "Självständighetsdag"
This national day (23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day) in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this "Sovereignty and Children's Day" as a national holiday. Schools participate in week-long ceremonies marked by performances in all fields in large stadiums watched by the entire nation. Among the activities on this day, the children send their representatives to replace state officials and high ranking bureaucrats in their offices
On March 25, 1821, Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese, and the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was officially born. The battle cry “Freedom or Death” was taken up by thousands, and war was waged for 9 years (1821-1829) until a small part of modern Greece was finally liberated and declared an independent nation..
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