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Missing Vappu /1

Vappu, or Walpurgis night, in Finland is one of the four biggest holidays along with Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and Midsummer. The celebration, which begins on the evening of 30 April and continue on 1 May. Many high school alumni wear the black and white student cap and many higher education students wear student coveralls. Traditionally, 1 May is celebrated by the way of a picnic in a park. For most, the picnic is enjoyed with friends on a blanket with food and drinks.

I went out to the center of Tampere on Vappu. I brought my camera because I thought that this year’s Vappu would be different.The center was deserted. Cafes has doors were open with signs inviting clients to buy Takeaway coffee. But nobody was around to buy. The Cafes were empty. I walked to Tammelantori and saw a couple of Asian food stalls selling the traditional munkki and siima.

On a normal Vappu there would be thousands of students in their white student caps walking in the streets or sitting in large groups and having a picnic at the central park at Koskipuisto. They would be joined by adults and elderly people many of whom would also wear their old students caps. Everybody would celebrate the end of the winter and beginning of the summer no matter what the weather is on the day.

I walked for about two hours. The streets were empty. People follow the government guidelines and they are doing the right things. The real Vappu was missing in these extraordinary times.

Be calm, Tampere 2020
Railway station, Tampere 2020
Where are they?, Tampere 2020
Leave me be, Tampere 2020
Closed, Tampere 2020

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2 Responses to “Missing Vappu /1”

  1. Missing Vappu /4 | Photos and Words

    […] Few food stalls were open in Tammelantori on Vappu day This year Vappu in Tampere. I went to the city center to take some photos of the people in the streets which were almost empty. Ona normal Vappu, Tammelantori (market square) would be full of people wearing their new or old students white caps. they would be out, not matter whether the weather would be good or bad, to celebrate the end of the winter, the approaching summer, the long hours of daylight, their students’ lives, their youth and their memories. Read more here. […]

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