Vappu, Valborg, 1st of May

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Vappu - In Finland May Day celebrations begin on May Day Eve. In Helsinki the statue "Havis Amanda", which lies near to the Helsinki market square, receives her white student's cap at six o'clock, at the same time as people put their caps on. This has been a tradition since 1932. Similar ceremonies take place in cities all around Finland, with different statues being "capped". The celebrations have begun and soon a carnival like atmosphere spreads among the normally quite and reserved Finns.

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Vappu / May Day celebrations, the white hats are high school graduation hats, that you wear only on may 1st. Long time ago that day was the first day when graduates started to wear the hat for the whole summer, and in september there was another party when they stop using it.

Vappu / May Day celebrations, the white hats are high school graduation hats, that you wear only on may 1st. Long time ago that day was the first day when graduates started to wear the hat for the whole summer, and in september there was another party when they stop using it.

Vappu / Valborg / May Day Helsinki, Finland

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May Day is internationally known as a "Workers Day". In Finland it is also a big student celebration which begins on May Day Eve. Students, and former students, celebrate by wearing their white student caps. A traditional non-alcoholic beverage "sima" is served cool and Tippaleipä (a Finnish fritter) and sugary donuts go as sweet May Day snack. And don't forget your vappu accessories: noise makers, whistles, and balloons!

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