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May Day Celebration

The Havis Amanda fountain statue is washed by university students as the prelude to the city's May Day (Vappu) celebrations. This fun ritual, in which Havis Amanda also gets her student cap, takes place at 18 on the evening before May Day and attracts thousands of viewers to the Market Square. The partying continues the next morning with traditional herring and champagne picnics in Kaivopuisto Park and Ullanlinna Hill.