Vappu - Celebration of the Spring in Helsinki

Vappu is celebrated yearly on April 30th-May 1st and it is the traditional celebration of the spring.

The main event on the evening on April 30th 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 1st of May (May Day) 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. People 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.

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Suitable experience in April, May


Helsingin kaupungin matkailuyksikkö

Esplanadipuisto, 00100 Helsinki
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