Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy Finnish Independence Day

December 6 is Finnish Independence Day; I celebrated by going out for a nice dinner this evening. How many others locally celebrated?

This is the 90th Anniversary, as the Grand Duchy of Finland declared independence from the remnants of the Russian Empire on December 6, 1917. Russia was hit by Comrade Lenin's revolution in October, and the Finnish had no intention of sticking around. The Finnish assembly requested German troops, and Germany was happy to sever Finland from Russia. Russia was still at war with Germany (World War I).

In the old country, one would hit the sauna and get drunk on December 6. I don't even know of a sauna in Virginia Beach.

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