Happy Independence Day!
Published: July 4, 2018
Today was the 4th of July in America so we celebrated the Independence Day of Finland (usually celebrated on December 6th). The villagers kept quite busy learning about Finland while having fun and playing games! In the morning, we raised the American flag and sang the Star Spangled Banner. Afterwards, villagers played kivi paperi sakset and had to join a train if they lost to determine one winner.
Villagers had song time and jumped into Suomikoulu to learn about directions, third person verbs, calendar dates and more. After spending time at the lake on this hot summer day, villagers had the choice of jalkapallo, dancing, mölkky or working on a film for International Day (July 6th).
After a delicious picnic dinner, villagers got a taste of some traditional Finnish Independence Day traditions such as tasting Finnish candies, watching Tuntematon sotilas, making kynttilä, and more. Villagers got a chance to "meet" the president of Finland and his wife, as well as participate in their annual independence day party and dance.