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Holiday Calendar for Finland

Holiday Calendar for Finland for 2024-2025 year
Finns like celebrations and Finland’s calendar of official festivals is not very different from that of other European countries. Most public holidays celebrated in Finland typically have historical, religious and seasonal themes and are also common in other countries. However, some of Finnish celebrations are unique. Here is everything you want to know about Holidays in Finland. Help us Help us 

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2024-2025 year

March 2024

Tuesday 19 March - Minna Canth's Birthday in Finland (Finnish writer, playwright, journalist, author of short stories, novels and plays, the first famous woman writer in Finland. Born March 19, 1844. Since 2007, Gender Equality Day has been celebrated in her honor)

April 2024

Tuesday 9 April - Finnish Language Day or Mikael Agricola Day in Finland (Mikael Agricola - April 1510 - April 9, 1557 - Bishop, Finnish leader of the Reformation, “A Man of a New Era.” No other book has had such a profound and significant impact on the development of Finnish culture, thinking and system values, like the Bible. "The Bible 350. The Finnish Bible and culture")

May 2024

Friday 3 May - No Pants Day (It is held on the first Friday in May)
Sunday 12 May - Day of the Finnish Identity (Finland); Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

June 2024

Sunday 9 June - Aland Islands Day in Finland (the national autonomy holiday is dedicated to the start of parliament in 1922)
Saturday 22 June - Midsummer Day in Finland (Held on Saturday after June 19)

July 2024

Wednesday 17 July - Finland Democracy Day (the state was founded as constitutional democracy more than a hundred years ago)
Monday 29 July - Olsok or St. Olaf's Day (King Olaf II Haraldsson of Norway is remembered as Rex perpetuus Norvegiae, the Eternal King of Norway. Olsok is a national day of celebration in the Nordic countries of Norway and the Faroe Islands, and also in the provinces of Härjedalen in Sweden and Savonlinna in Finland)

September 2024

Wednesday 4 September - Finnish Food Day (Finländska matens dag)

October 2024

Friday 4 October - Cinnamon Roll Day (Sweden. Kanelbullens dag and Finland - Korvapuustipäivä)
Thursday 10 October - Finnish Literature Day (Finland. Date in honor of the birthday of writer Alexis Qiwi in 1834)

November 2024

Saturday 2 November - All Saints Day (Celebrated on Saturday between October 31 and November 6 in Finland, Sweden, El Salvador)

December 2024

Friday 6 December - Finland Independence Day (celebrates the independence of Finland from Russia in 1917)
Monday 9 December - Anna's Day (Sweden, Finland and Norway. Marks the day to start the preparation process of the lutefisk to be consumed on Christmas Eve, as well as a Swedish name day, celebrating all people named Anna)
Friday 13 December - Saint Lucia Day (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and parts of Italy. Dedicated to Saint Lucia's independence from the United Kingdom in 1979)
Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day (Belgium, Fiji, The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa...)

January 2025

Monday 13 January - St. Knuts Day in Norway and Sweden (the 20th and last day of the Christmas season)

February 2025

Thursday 6 February - Sami National Day (Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden); Lapland National Day
Friday 28 February - Kalevala Day in Finland (a holiday in honor of the Finnish and Karelian national poetic epic "Kalevala")

Some finnish traditions

Christmas Eve and Midsummer Eve are de facto Holidays. Most employment contracts provides for these days as full holidays.

Finland is an easy country to visit. When meeting, Finns shake hands and make eye contact.

Finns love reading things written about them abroad, and visitors should not feel uncomfortable being asked repeatedly what they think of Finland. It is a country where considerable weight is attached to the spoken word.

Tipping has never fitted very comfortably into the Finnish way of life. Taxi drivers do not expect to get a tip, but customers often pay the nearest rounded up figure to the actual fare.

A growing interest in cooking and wines has led to an increase in entertaining in the home. The home is to a great extent the focus of social life in Finland – to a greater extent at least than in countries where it is more common to meet over a meal in a restaurant. Finnish cuisine has western European, Scandinavian and Russian elements. Finns seldom make speeches during a meal, but they do so on formal occasions.
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