Finlandia hosts celebration for Finland's Independence Day

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HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - Finnish Americans gathered in Hancock Friday night to celebrate Finland’s Independence Day.

People filled into Finlandia's Finnish American Heritage Center for a celebration filled with traditional Finnish music and outfits. The university has been celebrating the Finnish holiday since its beginnings as Suomi College.

Today the celebration was geared toward recognizing important Finnish women throughout the country's history.

"Each year we have a distinct program, and this year we're especially celebrating strong Finnish women, due to this year being the eve of the 19th amendment’s centennial year,” said Jim Kurtti, the Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center.

The event also had a raffle, as well as a spot to purchase the Finnish American Heritage Center's books and historical documentaries.

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