God put us here, on this carnival ride. We close our eyes never knowing where it'll take us next.
Today one of the biggest celebrations of the year anchored Helsinki - wonderful Vappu! Vappu is truly our annual spring carnival when the city comes to life with balloons, paper serpentine, music, funnel cake, mead, champagne - so much color and enjoyment!
The highlight of this carnival is the crowning of the Havis Amanda statue that symbolizes Helsinki (the birth of the City) - a woman that has risen from the sea. In lack of a video from today's crowning, I'll add a video from last year to show you what Vappu is all about! Enjoy!
Today during work when I visited a café during my lunch break, I saw the center of Helsinki filled with wonderfully happy people! People were relaxed and having a great time with their family and friends!
My workplace celebrated Vappu already last Friday since many of my colleagues had taken this day off. Tomorrow, on the other hand, is a public holiday in Finland. I intend to spend today with my special someone, and tomorrow with a dear friend, strolling around the party filled streets of my beloved city in my graduation hat - the sailor hat looking piece of headwear you see on the picture below.
You can read about last year's Vappu celebrations in my blog post here. I hope the readers I find in Finland have an amazing Vappu, for the rest of you - I'll let you know how the festivities have gone in short!
Do you have a special festivity/carnival in your country? How do you celebrate it?