Finnish independence day

Itsenäisyyspäivä!
Today marks the anniversary of Finnish independence from Russian rule, it's unbelievable to think that this all took place under 100 years ago..as night falls, it is traditional to place two lit candles in the windows; this was originally used as a symbol of silent protest against Russian oppression, but now is viewed as a way of commemorating fallen soldiers.

























original illustration Mirjamauno