Student's best friend Vappu is just around the corner!
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 30 April at 5:30 pm the whole city gathers at Turku Art Museum to listen to music and speeches. At 6pm sharp, we all put on our students caps (ylioppilaslakki). The moment when thousands of students with their caps have gathered at Aurakatu is by far the most impressive part of Vappu. You don’t want to miss this! After the "capping", Vappu celebration continues at 6:30 pm in the Runeberg Park where dental students will wash the Lilja Statue.
For students the day starts a bit earlier. Student organizations traditionally offer vappu punches to drink around campus.
On 1 May from noon untill late afternoon, students and other citizens gather at Vartiovuorenmäki for picnic. After Vappu extravaganza the previous night, now it's time to enjoy the spring in relaxed atmosphere, eat traditional Vappu meal and drink some sparkling wine with friends.