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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 student cap, ylioppilaslakki, at 18:00. The statue, representing a mermaid-like figure of a young maiden sculpted by artist Ville Vallgren in 1908, is regarded as a symbol of Helsinki. It’s known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea.”
Here are the highlights of the vappu eve in Helsinki.
- The Retaining Wall of the Helsinki Cathedral Covered With Spray-Painted Slogans Against Racism - 06/04/2020
- Over 3,000 People Join the Black Lives Matter Protest in Helsinki; ‘I am So Very Proud of Finland,’ Says Organizer - 06/04/2020
- Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces Celebrated Honorably Under COVID-19 Restrictions - 06/04/2020