Today we celebrate Vappuaatto / Walpurgis night in Finland.
Walpurgis night and the First of May are great carnaval days in Finland, in the past for left wing political parties but today mainly for students. Celebrations are going to be modest this year.
It is a long tradition to cap the statue Havis Amanda on Walpurgis night with a huge student cap.
This year this ’capping’ is going to happen virtually.
Havis Amanda dates back to 1906 and is one of the most central statues in Helsinki,
situated at the market place, sculptor was Ville Vallgren.
Vappu is the time for sima and tippaleipä / funnel cakes.
Sima is a sweet sparkling brew that is mainly seasonal. It is usually spiced by adding both
the flesh and rind of a lemon. The alcohol content is very low due to limited fermentation.
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FROM FRIDAY 7 AM TILL THE NEXT TUESDAY 4 PM