Finnish American Heritage Center celebrates Suomi 100

HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - Finns across the world celebrate Finland's 100th Independence Day. People at Finlandia University joined in the spirit of Suomi 100's theme of togetherness.

"Together is the vision that these architects had for how it is we are going to celebrate. The envisioned Finns and friends of Finns around the world coming together in honor of this very special occasion," said Finlandia President Phillip Johnson.

The Finnish American Heritage Center hosted a live Independence Day reception viewing. The reception is held every year at the presidential palace in Helsinki.

"It is really an integral part of Finnish Independence Day. I think a lot of people here might not know what actually happens at the presidential palace reception so it will be interesting to let them see what it is like in real time," said Finnish American Heritage Center archive intern and Finland native Mika Tompuri.

They also experienced other Finnish Independence traditions like reception cliche bingo.

"I guess we are trying to go for the sort of event that people in Finland do. So they invite people over to their houses, have some food, some drinks, some coffee and watch the reception at the presidential palace," said Tompuri.

The reception broadcast began at noon Eastern Standard Time with more than 2,500 people shaking the Finnish president's hand.

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