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Finland shows carnival colours on May Day

Photos by Leena Karppinen and Susanna Alatalo
Text by Peter Marten

Photo: Leena KarppinenMay Day, May 1, April 30, Vappu, Walpurgis, champagne, picnic, party, Helsinki, FinlandBalloons and bubbly: Kaivopuisto, a large seaside park in Helsinki, is blanketed with party-minded picnickers on May 1 (more photos below).

Every year on April 30 and May 1, Finland goes wild as people celebrate May Day. Our photographers roamed the Finnish capital to capture the spirit of the holiday in a slideshow.

May 1 is Labour Day in many countries, including Finland. However, the Finns also see it as a chance to celebrate the arrival of spring, and numerous festive student traditions are also associated with the date. In fact, just about everyone gets in on the action – May Day and the preceding evening represent the biggest party of the year. People dust off their white, secondary-school graduation caps and wear them around town, and the parks are filled with picnicking partiers of all ages.

First of May frolic


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