The Independence Day Torch Parades are an essential part of the Student Union’s (ISYY) Independence Day traditions. They will be held in Joensuu and Kuopio on 6.12.2015 and hundreds of students are hoped to attend.
Independence Day Torch Parade in Joensuu
Before the parade, participants are welcomed to enjoy a warm serve “glögi” (a traditional Finnish Christmas non-alcoholic drink) at ISYY’s office (Haltia, Yliopistokatu 7) starting from 2 pm.
The parade starts at the ISYY´s office, where students are asked to arrive at the latest at 3.15 pm. The parade will depart at 3.30 pm, and walk to the memorial grounds. The Chairperson of the Student Union, Noora Kettunen, and the Chairperson of Karelia-ammattikorkeakoulun opiskelijakunta POKA Board, Simo Rauma, will give speeches at the memorial grounds and we lay a wreath on the soldiers’ grave, followed by the Finnish National Anthem.
Indpendence Day Torch Parade in Kuopio
The parade starts at the Sotku (Sotilaskoti, Suokatu 42), where students are asked to arrive at the latest at 5.45 pm. Presidents of the local student organisations will be carrying their own pennants.
The parade will depart at 6 pm, we stop to lay a wreath on the soldiers’ grave and, finally, we arrive at the town square. The first Vice-chair of the Student Union, Mari Puurula, will give a speech at the town square, followed by the Finnish National Anthem.
After the parade, ISYY will provide attendees with glögi (a traditional Finnish Christmas non-alcoholic drink) at restaurant Malja (Kauppakatu 29). Those interested can also stay at the restaurant to watch the President’s Independence Day reception on a screen.
Each participant will receive instructions on the parade at the Sotilaskoti.
All students are welcomed to join in
ISYY warmly welcomes all students to participate in the torch parades! Dress up warmly, but please leave your student overalls home this time.