Joy of freedom is the theme of this weekend in Finland. Latest at the end of the first week of June, all Finnish schools end and pupils get to enjoy their 10 week long summer holiday.
The schools everywhere end with the singing of “Suvivirsi”, a summer hymn. I remember how this song calmed down everybody and how exhilarating the atmosphere was afterwards.
The graduation from high school or vocational school is the highlight of 19-year old Finns. The symbol of receiving the baccalaureate degree is a distinctive black and white hat which you can see below in my own graduation picture.
An adorable and cordial party is thrown to celebrate the Baccalaureate. Usually this reception is held at home. Relatives and family friends are invited for a glass of sparkling wine, coffee and savor the tastes of a treat buffet (like the one in the featured picture that we got to enjoy today).
As a guest, you usually bring a cash present and a rose, unless you have been informed about material wishes, which are usually dishes or linen. Majority of youngsters move out from their parents at this age to study or work, so these home related gifts are very welcomed.