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Ekumeninen joulu

Pekka Haavisto, Member of Parliament, as a guest speaker

Ecumenical Christmas in Turku on 11 December

Two public events will be held during the day: A panel discussion will be held at Hansatori at 2pm to discuss our ruthlessness towards the environment, and an event starting at 6pm at Turku Cathedral will usher in the Christmas spirit.


The themes were immigrants and hospitality

An Ecumenical Christmas in Turku for 20 years

The humanitarian message was presented by Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland, and Soprano Tarja Turunen performed as guest soloist. The event was televised. The programme airs on TV1 on Christmas Eve.

Mika Akkanen -nosto

Tomorrow, God willing, is the graceful celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour.

New reader of the Declaration of Christmas Peace is Mika Akkanen

The new reader of the Declaration of Christmas Peace, which is read in Turku every year on Christmas Eve, is Mika Akkanen, Head of Protocol at the City of Turku.


Christmas Peace and Ecumenism

The first time Christmas Peace was declared from Turku's Old Great Square is thought to have taken place as early as in the 1320's.  Since then, the tradition has continued uninterrupted, with only a few exceptions.  The church had a major role in maintaining societal order, and in the early days of the declaration, it was used for this purpose.

The ecumenical appeal for peace and the humanitarian message complement the Finnish tradition of declaring Christmas peace.  The tradition of holding the ecumenical Christmas in Turku, Finland event in the Turku Cathedral started in 1994. Since 1998, the ceremony has also included a humanitarian message.



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