Vappu

9 May

Helsinki celebrated Vappu on May 1 with balloons and picnics in Kaivopuisto. Traditionally, students crown the Havis Amanda Statue in the south harbor Eteläsatama with a white student cap.

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4 Responses to “Vappu”

  1. Dave Treece May 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    happy (late) may day. this holiday in the U.S. has socialist roots, as does Labor Day. what is the significance of may day in Helsinki? it’s curious about the white student cap on the statue. i am not certain what a student cap is… geez i miss Helsinki.

    • hellosinki May 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

      Vappu also has socialist roots but the holiday seems to have been commandeered by students. It seems like the holiday signifies change–from winter to spring and from student to graduate. The white caps are worn by Finnish students when they graduate.

      • Dave Treece May 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

        ah….haha…socialism and students. like soup and sandwiches.

      • anon May 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

        *high school students when they graduate.

        Wikipedia entry.

        Since both the students and the socialists (=blue collar workers) celebrate the day, the celebration is for everybody. (Who else is left?)

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