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1st of May Celebrated

1st of May Celebrated | Finland | Scoop.it
In Helsinki, the carnival-like holiday kicked off at 5 PM when representatives of the student body of Aalto University and of the Association of Economics Students in Helsinki carried out the tradition of washing the Havis Amanda statue by the south harbour before placing a white student cap on its head an hour later.
Similar traditions are observed in other parts of the country, and everywhere are followed by a night of parties and merrymaking.
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Visit Finland May Day Festivities - a set on Flickr

Visit Finland May Day Festivities - a set on Flickr | Finland | Scoop.it
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Bigger Crowds Than Usual for May Day Marches

Bigger Crowds Than Usual for May Day Marches | Finland | Scoop.it
"In the last few years there have only been a couple of hundred people taking part in the marches, but this year we've had as many as 7,000 in Hakaniemi Tori market," commented Jussi Huhtela from Helsinki police. Huhtela added that the march had taken place peacefully.
A second march, in support of the legalisation of cannabis, left Hakasalmi at 4pm and progressed towards its destination at the Finnish Parliament building.
In customary style, thousand of Finns also took their picnic baskets to Kaivopuisto Park, where they enjoyed the day in chilly but sunny weather conditions. Some said that they had come straight to the park on Sunday morning having partied through the night.
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VAPPU/MAY DAY, MAY DAY

VAPPU/MAY DAY, MAY DAY | Finland | Scoop.it
Tomorrow will be May Eve, or Valpurgisnacht, or Vappuaatto, depending on your preference.
Whatever term you care to use about it, Vappu signifies Finland's most boisterous and generally extremely liquid festival and carnivalesque gathering, spilling over from the Eve itself into the following May Day, and it is a public holiday.
Since May Day falls this year on a Sunday, it will be a sort of Vappu-lite in terms of how it affects shopping hours and travel arrangements, although Sunday shopping is off-limits on this occasion...
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