Students of the Capital Region celebrate the independence of hundred-year-old Finland in the Students’ Independence Day Procession on 6th of December.

This year, the student unions of universities of applied sciences join the student unions of universities to celebrate the Independence Day on 6 December 2017. Besides the traditional torches, thousands of blue and white lights will illuminate the Independence Day Procession and the public celebration at the Senate Square. The event is organised by the student unions of the Capital Region: HYY, AYY, ArtSU, SHS, Kadettitoverikunta, Metka and Helga. The event is a part of the programme of the centenary of Finland’s independence, and to celebrate the centenary, the theme of the procession is ‘Together’.

The procession is filled with joy, light and a festive atmosphere in the spirit of a communal and forward-looking student movement.

The programme begins with the placing of wreaths at Sankariristi at the Hietaniemi cemetery at 4 pm.

The procession starts off from the Hietaniemi Chapel at the cemetery at around 5 pm, and its route is as follows: Hietaniemenkatu – Arkadiankatu – Pohjoisesplanadi – Presidential Palace – Mariankatu – Aleksanterinkatu – Senate Square. The President of the Republic greets the procession from the Palace balcony.

A public celebration is held at the Senate Square from around 5.55 pm to 6.15 pm. The programme includes choral singing and the speeches of Mayor Jan Vapaavuori and representatives of the student unions, for instance.

The first Independence Day torchlight procession was organised in 1951. Back then, too, the occasion began with placing wreaths at the soldiers’ graves, after which 2,000 students marched to the Senate Square to listen to speeches and choirs.

The event is open to everyone. We warmly welcome you all!

WHAT: Students’ Independence Day Procession with ESN Uni Helsinki
WHEN: Wednesday 6.12.2017, 16:45 – 18:30
WHERE: Hietaniemenkatu 20
DRESS CODE: ‘come as you are’
WHY: Suomi turns 100-years-old!
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