The First of May or "Vappu" is the Finnish version of Labour Day that we celebrate to honour working people. It is also the biggest student festival of the year, bringing together tens of thousands of students and other citizens of Turku.
On April 30th at 5:30 pm we gather at Turku Art Museum to listen to music and speeches and put on the students caps (ylioppilaslakki) all at once. The capping of the students caps is the best part of Vappu which you don’t want to miss! After the capping the Vappu celebration continues at 6:30 pm in the Runeberg Park where dental students will wash the Lilja Statue.
On May 1st from 12 am there is a picnic on Vartiovuorenmäki where we enjoy celebrating the spring by listening the good music, eating traditional Vappu meal and drinking some sparkling wine in the park.