IN PICTURES: The Vappu Celebrations Kick Off in Helsinki

Vappu celebrations (May Day) kicked off on Saturday evening around the country.

In Finland, vappu is based on working-class traditions, transforming into a spring celebration for university students and workers alike.

In Helsinki, the festivities began with the crowning of Havis Amanda with an oversized ylioppilaslakki at 18:00. The statue, representing a mermaid-like figure of a young maiden sculpted by the artist Ville Vallgren in 1908, is regarded as a symbol of Helsinki, “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea.”

Here are the highlights of the vappu eve in Helsinki.

Havis Amanda was crowned at the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland on April 30 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Havis Amanda was crowned at the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland on April 30 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A student's selfie. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A student’s selfie. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Time for a swim at the fountain of Havis Amanda. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Time for a swim at the fountain of Havis Amanda. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

Water games. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Water games. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

A man, woman and a satanic beast. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man, woman and a satanic beast. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A balloon hat. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A balloon hat. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

Good times at the Senate Square. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Good times at the Senate Square. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man celebrating his first day of starting to receive a pension. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A man celebrating his first day of starting to receive a pension. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

One of the afterparties at club Bones. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

One of the afterparties at club Bones. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Nightlife at Annankatu. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Nightlife at Annankatu. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today