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IN PICTURES: The Vappu Celebrations Kick Off in Helsinki

IN PICTURES: The Vappu Celebrations Kick Off in Helsinki
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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.

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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

 

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