First of May is a celebration of spring

Aerial view over Suomenlinna in spring
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The main event on the evening before May Day is when students use a crane to put a student cap on the statue of Havis Amanda by the Market Square. Before doing so they give her a good soapy wash while the crowds of onlookers cheer them on and wave their own white student caps.

The traditional spring festival for workers and students begins already on 30 April. One could say they begin even earlier, as students dressed in overalls can be seen out and about on the streets of the city selling their May Day magazines. Vendors selling colourful balloons also appear in the parks and streets in the days leading up to May Day.

May Day itself is celebrated in the city with numerous markets selling balloons, fans and masks. Students and academics gather in the Kaivopuisto park for a champagne picnic in the morning or a May Day brunch at a local restaurant. Workers in turn take part in political marches and listen to speeches and songs in the city’s market squares. All Finns enjoy mead, donuts and funnel cake on May Day. All the traditions combine to create a colourful two-day spring carnival for all to enjoy.

Detailed event information will be released closer to the day on this website.

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The traditional spring festival for workers and students begins already on 30 April. One could say they begin even earlier, when you see vendors selling colourful balloons appear in the parks and streets in the days leading up to May Day.