Seniors of upper secondary school enjoying a ride around Helsinki center during their celebration of ‘penkkarit’ on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today / Click to view gallery.

About 4,000 seniors of upper secondary school (abit) in a hundred trucks celebrated penkkarit on Thursday afternoon as the yearly celebration kicked off in Helsinki center.

According to the tradition, giant banners were hung at the side the trucks. The banners featured wordplay and served as a window to their young bright minds.

This year’s themes included the Groke, Trump, MAOL (the book that is allowed in the Finnish matriculation exams), vegetarianism and others.

After their celebration, the abit will start preparing for the matriculation exams in March.

In June, most of them will graduate and they will receive a student cap and a diploma.

Tony Öhberg