Finnish Embassy's family event at Dupont Circle in Washington commemorated Finland's centennial. Even Santa Claus was in attendance, all the way from Finnish Lapland.
Finland's centennial was celebrated at Dupont Circle in Washington on Saturday, December 2. The capital's weather was in favor of the Finnish occasion, and altogether over 2 500 people attended the sunny outdoor event.
The guest of honor had flown to Washington all the way from Korvatunturi, Finnish Lapland. The one and only Santa Claus greeted visitors with joy and received numerous wishes from the nice children of D.C. The line of those desiring a picture with Santa stayed long during the whole day.
Another guest from Finland was the Keravan Mieslaulajat male choir that performed holiday tunes in both Finnish and English. The choir attracted a large audience for each of its performances.
Crowds were also intrigued by glögi and piparit, Finnish mulled wine and gingerbread cookies. In addition to the holiday fare, information on Finland was on offer. A number of people showed great interest towards the country with questions varying from favorite Finnish recipes to Finland's 100-year-old history.
Fun activities ensured that visitors did not only walk through the event. Children and the child-minded created snowflakes and other beautiful holiday handicrafts, while grown-ups had fun at the karaoke tent. Also tough matches at Finnish outdoor game Mölkky were witnessed.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Finland's 100th birthday! The celebrations culminate in the Independence Day on Wednesday, December 6.
See more pictures of our event here.