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Merry Christmas, Hyvää Joulua,

Posted by
Jypyä Pop (Turku, Finland) on 24 December 2018 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The Declaration of Christmas Peace

Every year, at noon on Christmas Eve, the Christmas Peace is declared from the city of Turku.

The Declaration of Christmas Peace is a tradition which launches the Christmas celebrations and in a way marks the official start of Christmas. The exact wording used during the first few centuries of the tradition has been lost over time, but the main contents of the declaration remain the same: the declaration is read out loud to remind people that Christmas peace has begun, to advise people to spend the festive period in harmony, to threaten offenders with harsh punishments, and to wish all a merry Christmas.

The tradition of reading the Declaration of Christmas Peace in Turku has continued almost uninterrupted since the 1300s. The declaration has been read on the balcony of the Brinkkala building since 1886. The current form of the declaration dates back to 1903.

According to folk memory, the tradition was interrupted:

during the Russian invasion and occupation of Finland in 1712–1721 – a period also known as the Greater Wrath,
possibly between 1809 and 1815,
in 1917 when the militia was on strike,
and in 1939 because of a fear of air raids.
The Declaration of Christmas Peace in Turku has been broadcast on the radio since 1935. National television broadcasts of the event started in 1983 and the event has also been broadcast in Sweden since 1986. Nowadays the Declaration of Christmas Peace can be viewed live around the world via the Internet


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Martine Girard from France

Joyeux Noël !

24 Dec 2018 5:23am

@Martine Girard: Merry Christmas also to You

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An interesting tradition indeed. I don't plan to violate the Christmas peace. ;-)

24 Dec 2018 5:25am

@Steve Rice: It is a good idea. During Christmas you can be happy calmly.

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

I wish you and your´s a peacful merry Christmas :)

24 Dec 2018 6:45am

@Ralf Kesper: I wish same to You

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What an interesting story/tradition.
You too a very good Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2018 7:12am

@Marjolein: Thank you. I wish same to You

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A good story and tradition.
Have a Merry Christmas.

24 Dec 2018 8:41am

@Dreams come true: Thank you

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

We welcome Peace at any time . . but especially at Christmas !

24 Dec 2018 8:41am

@Ronnie 2¢: Me tuoo

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2018 9:09am

@Hiro: Sane to You

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Joyeux ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ * Noel * ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥
A toi aussi.

24 Dec 2018 11:27am

@tataray: Merry Christmas...

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a wonderful tradition. Merry Christmas to you, Leevi and Oiva

24 Dec 2018 12:58pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you. I tell them and we wish same to You

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

If we could all pledge this declaration!
Merry Christmas to you!!

24 Dec 2018 2:26pm

@Steven: Iit would great thing. We can hope a best, that everybody can spend good Christmas. I wish same to You

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

What a great tradition. I don't plan on breaking the peace of Christmas, but with 4 excited grandchildren running around the house, I don't expect a lot of peace! But I LOVE it! Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2018 2:35pm

@beach: Properly. maybe you are not very calm but there is a lot of joy. Merry Christmas to you all.

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful tradition and narration..
Have a Great Christmas Jypya and Oiva :)

24 Dec 2018 3:06pm

@Devi: Thank you. We wish all the best to You.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Hyvää Joulua! This is such an interesting tradition. Thanks for sharing it with us. Merry Christmas to you and Oiva and all of your loved ones. Rocky and Blackie send a special Christmas wish for Leevi.

24 Dec 2018 3:45pm

@B. Thomas: Today, I was listening to the declaration on the spot with some 10,000 other people. The event takes about ten minutes, but it feels very festive. We thank you for your wishes and hope for the same for all of you. Leevi welcomes all good to Rocky and Balckie. The rabbit food was the head of the fish. .

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

I like this tradition. And I wish that peace and justice were always among us.
Hyvää Joulua my friend!

24 Dec 2018 5:01pm

@Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia): Yesterday I was listening to a statement on the spot with 10,000 other people. It's always a festive moment. Merry Christmas to you too

Sam from Chennai, India

Interesting story and tradition. Great. :)
Merry Christmas to you and yours !!!

24 Dec 2018 5:30pm

@Sam: Thank you and I wiash same to You

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A superb tradition to remember what is Christmas ...! Merry Christmas to you and yours !

24 Dec 2018 5:50pm

@Mhelene: Thank you and merry Christmas to You too.

existenceartistique from Angers, France


24 Dec 2018 6:20pm

@existenceartistique: Thank you

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

De très belles fêtes de Noël à toi

24 Dec 2018 6:59pm

@Libouton Martine: Thanki you and Merry Christmas

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