In Finland, Walpurgis day / Mayday
(Vappu) is, along with New Year’s Eve
and Juhannus (Midsummer)
, the biggest carnival-style festivity, taking place in the streets of Finland’s towns and cities. The celebration is typically centered on plentiful use of sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages. The student, and particularly the engineering student traditions are also one of the main characteristics of “Vappu”. From the end of the 19th century, “Fin de Siècle”, and onwards, this traditional upper class feast has been co-opted by students attending university, already having received their student cap. Many people who have graduated from upper secondary school, and thus traditionally assumed as university students or alumni, wear the cap. One tradition is drinking homemade sima (mead), whose alcohol content varies along with freshly cooked donuts.
Traditionally May 1 is celebrated by a picnic in a park. For most, the picnic is enjoyed with friends on a blanket with good food and sparkling wine. The picnic usually starts early in the morning, and some hardcore party goers continue the celebrations of the previous evening without sleeping in between. Some Student organisations have traditional areas where they camp every year and they usually send someone to reserve the spot early on. Student caps, mead, streamers and balloons have their role in the picnic, as well as in the celebration as a whole.
A few friends came to our place and we did some barbaque. The weather was so warm and sunny that we rarely see anything like it in this time of the year. We did also go out on mayday’s eve, but none of us have photos of that.
My outfit yesterday:
earrings: Snö of Sweden
necklace: Kalevala Koru
Today we went to the beach with some friends, it was surprisingly warm and I didn’t get cold at all.
denim jacket: Lindex