Over the years, I've often been asked about the enchanting Finnish tradition of "Joulurauhan julistus" or the "Declaration of Christmas Peace" that takes place every Christmas eve at noon. I couldn't find an English translation of the text so I did a quick one myself (below).
"Tomorrow, God willing, will be the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour.
And thus is declared a Christmas peace to all, by encouraging everyone to celebrate with appropriate devotion, and otherwise to behave quietly and peacefully.
For he who breaks this peace and the celebration of Christmas by any illegal or inappropriate behavior, shall under aggravating circumstances be found guilty and punished as the law for each and every offense separately provides.
Finally, to all townspeople, greetings for a joyous Christmas celebration."
More on the tradition: (adapted from Wikipedia and YLE)
When the clock of Turku Cathedral strikes 12 noon on Christmas Eve it rings out across the Old Great Square, and with great fanfare a Christmas Peace is declared in Finnish and Swedish, from the balcony of Brinkkala House.
The Declaration of Christmas Peace is an integral part of the celebration of Christmas in Finland. No matter what the weather is, it always attracts a large crowd of people from Turku and beyond to the Old Great Square. They gather there, listen to the Declaration and then begin their Christmas holidays. This traditional event is broadcast live on television and radio and can also be followed on the internet via Yle's website.
Under Swedish rule, the Christmas Peace lasted (legally) for 20 days. The tradition started in the 1300:s and was particularly important in the 1700:s. Today the tradition continues in Turku. It has been broadcast on radio since 1935 and on television since 1983.