Helsinki Day (Helsinki-päivä) was first observed in the 1959 on the 409th anniversary of the founding of the city of Helsinki (the city was founded by King Gustav of Sweden in 1550 and became the capital of Finland in 1812, replacing Turku). The initiators of the celebration were Lauri Aho and Jorma Waronen, the city mayor and the secretary of the Helsinki Society, accordingly.
In the early 1960s the holiday events were made more diverse and entertaining. They were attended by more than 10,000 people already. Over time the celebration was expanded to a full week dedicated to the city of Helsinki that culminates on Helsinki day. The celebration is run by the even unit of the city council.
On the day, numerous events are organized by the Helsinki city council, various organizations and corporations. The free-of-charge concert held in the park of Kaivopuisto is one of the most popular events among the public. The celebration also includes the election of Stadin Kundi and Stadin Friidu (Man of the city and Woman of the city).
The schedule of events is posted on the official website of the Helsinki Week beforehand so that people can choose the events they want to attend.Remind me with Google Calendar
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