Reader ‘s opinion Let the coronavirus renew the castle’s festivities permanently

It feels good that the coronavirus is renewing the festivities in a way that equality and non-discrimination also come into effect at the Independence Day celebrations.

Coronavirus therefore, the Independence Day celebrations in the Presidential Palace will be held without invited guests. The current tradition of the festival, with its serving, dancing and handshake, dates back to the early 1920s.

At its best, the party has invited almost half of Finns to television. In broadcasts, fashion professionals play an important role in describing what kind of outfit each lady wears.

A large proportion of guests receive an invitation based on value and status. It is impossible to avoid an elitist impression. It feels good that the coronavirus is renewing the festivities in a way that equality and non-discrimination also come into effect at the Independence Day celebrations.

This must become a new, permanent practice from which the money saved can be directed to some good cause.

Without the invited guests, live broadcasts from the Presidential Palace with its high-quality themed programs would be shortened from exhausting all-night sessions to an hour and a half. MPs and ministers would be free to hold their own receptions for their supporters. Diocesan bishops could also arrange their reception for parish representatives. This would emphasize equality both regionally and among citizens.

Veikko Pöyhönen

Educational Adviser, Helsinki

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