This year, May Day is celebrated at home – participate in remote-events, put on the student cap and enjoy a nice home picnic.
The state of emergency caused by coronavirus also affects the celebrations of the Finnish Vappu, aka May Day, the biggest national carnival of spring. This year, we will stay at home but celebrate together. There are enough remote activities to last for several days.
– My own Vappu traditions include gathering at the Art Museum Hill, listening to the Vappu speech and of course enjoying a picnic. This year, Vappu will be celebrated at home. Putting student caps on can be enjoyed as a remote event and we can raise a virtual toast for spring, says Mayor of Turku Minna Arve.
The reason for remote Vappu is that the regulations on limiting gatherings due to the coronavirus situation remain in force. Therefore, an important rule is that no physical events are organised and all gatherings should be avoided. Instead, spring will be celebrated at home via remote access. The Student Union is working with Turku City, Åbo Akademi University, local police and other student unions on this matter.
– People should not gather to celebrate Vappu or have picnics in big groups. In accordance with the Government recommendation, spending time at public spaces unnecessarily should be avoided. When everyone obeys the instructions and restrictions, our collaborative effort will help our society return to normal everyday life as soon as possible, says Superintendent Stephan Sundqvist from the Southwest Finland Police Department.
The City of Turku will not deliver bins, portable toilets or dumpsters to parks as it would normally do. The remote Vappu will not cause any route or schedule changes to Föli transport. On Thursday, Föli services run according to the normal schedule while on Vappu Day 1 May, the holiday schedule is in force.
A different kind of Vappu connects us
Higher education institutions in Turku and their student associations are strongly committed to celebrating Vappu responsibly. However, the atmosphere doesn’t have to fall short.
– The motto of Åbo Akademi during the coronavirus epidemic has been ”Together while apart”. To celebrate Vappen with that motto, you need imagination and ability to think differently. Now I would like to see social media channels flooding with Vappen images depicting creative ways of being ”Together while apart”. Strong together, smart together, says Vice-rector of Åbo Akademi University Mikael Lindfelt.
ÅAS events and timetable is found on Facebook by searching “Wappen med ÅAS 2020” and our website www.studentkaren.fi. The traditional speech by the Chair of the Board Matias Martelin, is broadcasted on Facebook and Instagram Live 30 April at 8:20 p.m.. At 8:30 p.m. you can watch YLE´s May-Day programme where the Chair of the Board, Matias Martelin, gives all students permission to put on their caps. The programme consists of material from archives, interviews and music.
Turun Wappuradio will help listeners to get into Vappu mood between 23 April and 30 April. An interdisciplinary campus radio is available at www.turunwappuradio.com for online listening, radio frequency 93.8 MHz. The Chair of the Board Martelin’s speech will also be broadcasted there 30 April at 5:05 p.m.
Student overalls are part of May Day and the Student Union is hoping all current students and alumni to hang their student overall on balconies or windows so that they are visible from the outside. You can take part in the campaign by posting the pictures and using the hashtag #Hoisttheoverall2020 and preferably tag @aastudentkar.
Capture your own ways to celebrate remote Vappu in Turku and share them on social media with the hashtag #vappuathome by tagging @cityofturku (and also @aastudentkar). Photos with the best Vappu atmosphere at home will be awarded with surprises from the city. May Day events can be found here: http://www.turku.fi/en/vappuathome
More May Day activities may also be found from the Turku city calendar’s virtual event.