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. There are a few local events, most with free admission, announced shortly before December 6.
December 6 in Finland is a national holiday, most businesses remain closed.
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.