Finnish nature received a well-deserved honour in the form of a special anniversary flag day on Saturday, 26 August. Tens of thousands of people attended over 260 organised nature events, such as choir concerts, hiking and outdoor banquets, in a celebration of nature. Over 2,000 choral voices rang out in various concert venues. The blue-and-white Finnish flag was flown in honour of nature. A total of 300,000 people participated in Nature Days events, which were held on four days this year.
Nature Days is one of the biggest Finland 100 events. In addition to the enormous turnout, over one thousand events were organised by countless volunteers, with over one hundred nature ambassadors from a variety of fields encouraging people to get out into nature. The one hundredth of these ambassadors is the President and First Lady of Finland, whose Nature Ambassadorship was announced on Saturday.
The original aim of Nature Days was achieved with flying colours: Nature Days and its myriad of events have inspired many first-timers to get out and go for a hike, and people have found new ways of enjoying nature's many health benefits. Events offered people a chance to go birdwatching and explore flora, pick mushrooms, go fishing, do forest yoga, spend a night outdoors, make birdhouses, enjoy light art installations, dance in the depths of the forest, plunge into an ice hole for an invigorating winter dip, just to name a few.
Finnish Nature Day will be celebrated next year on the last Saturday of August (25 August 2018).