Rauma’s Christmas Peace is declared on Christmas Eve at the Old Town Hall

Text of the Declaration of Christmas Peace.

Christmas Peace is declared in the traditional manner on December 24th in front of the Old Town Hall. The event begins at 11:50 am with the Rauma Soittokunta performing the song “En etsi valtaa loistoa”, followed by the Rauma male choirs performing the Christmas song by Praetorius.

– It is a joy to gather once again at the Market Square and calm down with this atmospheric tradition to celebrate Christmas, says Museum and Cultural Director Risto Kupari.

Rauma’s Mayor Esko Poikela declares the Christmas peace at 12:00 pm. At the end of the event, the audience sings the national anthem “Maamme-laulu” together.

Christmas Peace has been declared in Rauma for over three hundred years.

– The Christmas Peace declaration, dating back to the late 1600s in Rauma, is the oldest known Finnish-language proclamation in Finland. The text currently read dates back to 1919, explains Kupari.

You can also listen to the Christmas peace declaration on Radio Ramona on Christmas Eve at 12:00 pm.

– Since 1935, Turku has declared Christmas peace for the entire country through radio. However, there is one exception in this tradition. During the wartime Christmas of 1943, exactly 80 years ago, Rauma had the honor of being the broadcasting location for the festive moment, adds Kupari.