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News, 4/27/2018

Mayday, mayday: Things get crazy in Finland around May 1

Photo: Still shot from video by Finland 100

Known as Vappu in Finnish and Valborg in Swedish (also an official language in Finland), the May 1 Labour Day holiday actually gets going on April 30. And it can get pretty crazy.

For most people, May Day no longer has much to do with its origins, which are about honouring workers. It’s more like somebody transplanted New Year’s celebrations four months forward, linking them to the spring season so people could party outdoors. The weather might even be warm.

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Updated 4/27/2018


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