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The Declaration of Christmas Peace
12-24-2010, 08:40 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-25-2017, 08:51 PM by Battle Kat.)
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wSmile  The Declaration of Christmas Peace
For centuries, in the Old Great Square of Turku, at 12 noon every Christmas Eve (except in 1939 due to the Winter War) - and just half an hour ago again, a crowd of several thousand people gathers to listen to the Declaration of Christmas Peace.

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It has read, and continues to read, as follows:

"Tomorrow, God willing, is the graceful celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour; and thus is declared a peaceful Christmas time to all, by advising devotion and to behave otherwise quietly and peacefully, because he who breaks this peace and violates the peace of Christmas by any illegal or improper behaviour shall under aggravating circumstances be guilty and punished according to what the law and statutes prescribe for each and every offence separately.

Finally, a joyous Christmas feast is wished to all inhabitants of the city!"


(As of 1899, the crimes committed on christmas time, have actually not been punished under aggravating circumstances. Oh, the modern times.)

This year's declaration is not yet available on-line, I can only share the one from a year ago - Updated to 2016 declaration





Before the declaration, the hymn God Is Our Fortress is sung. The hymn is from 1528, by Martin Luther himself, and has been available in Finnish from 1583 (although the current translation is as new as from 1886).

After the hymn, the declaration is read in Finnish and Swedish by the Mayor of Turku.

After the declaration, the National Anthem.

And finally, the March of the Pori Regiment, dating from the 18th centre and one of the most loved military tunes here, played, but not sung on this occasion. This march can almost be compared to how the French relate to La Marseillaise.

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With this, our house follows the declaration of "advising devotion and to behave otherwise quietly and peacefully" by, among other things, not allowing computer games until next Monday, neither for kids nor their dad :)

I will return to my turns come Monday, meanwhile:

May You All Enjoy A Peaceful Christmas!
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12-26-2010, 12:50 AM,
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RE: The Declaration of Christmas Peace
Very nice tradition!! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!!

Mike
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12-26-2010, 02:23 AM,
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RE: The Declaration of Christmas Peace
Great post. Merry Christmas to you & yours.

Cheers!
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12-24-2011, 08:27 PM,
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RE: The Declaration of Christmas Peace
Bump.

It is noon Finnish time, Chrismas Eve, and medieval city of Turku have yet again made their declaration for Christmas Peace.

To quote the declaration:

Tomorrow, God willing, is the graceful celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour; and thus is declared a peaceful Christmas time to all, by advising devotion and to behave otherwise quietly and peacefully,
because he who breaks this peace and violates the peace of Christmas by any illegal or improper behaviour shall under aggravating circumstances be guilty and punished according to what the law and statutes prescribe for each and every offence separately. Finally, a Joyful Christmas period is wished upon all people of our City.


I would like to extend the wish for a Joyful Christmas to all members of this fine community and to their friends and families!

As with our tradition, no wargaming until December 26th.

See you then! :)
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12-24-2011, 08:51 PM,
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Merry Christmas!
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12-24-2012, 08:17 PM,
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Tomorrow, God willing, is the graceful celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour; and thus is declared a peaceful Christmas time to all, by advising devotion and to behave otherwise quietly and peacefully, because he who breaks this peace and violates the peace of Christmas by any illegal or improper behaviour shall under aggravating circumstances be guilty and punished according to what the law and statutes prescribe for each and every offence separately.

Finally, a joyous Christmas feast is wished to all inhabitants of the city.


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My Joyous Christmas wishes to all Blitzers -Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

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12-25-2012, 01:03 AM,
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Thanks for sharing that Battle Kat

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the blitzers and their families!
May these days bring peace, joy and happiness!

John
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12-25-2012, 01:53 AM,
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Gents: Smoke7

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."

― Agnes M. Pahro

Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to all Blitzers! Xmas5
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12-25-2012, 02:39 AM,
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Joy to the world! Confetti Hooray8

Toast

HSL
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12-24-2013, 08:13 PM,
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(12-24-2012, 08:17 PM)Battle Kat Wrote:
Tomorrow, God willing, is the graceful celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour; and thus is declared a peaceful Christmas time to all, by advising devotion and to behave otherwise quietly and peacefully, because he who breaks this peace and violates the peace of Christmas by any illegal or improper behaviour shall under aggravating circumstances be guilty and punished according to what the law and statutes prescribe for each and every offence separately.

Finally, a joyous Christmas feast is wished to all inhabitants of the city.


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My Joyous Christmas wishes to all Blitzers - Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

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