This year, May Day, i.e. vappu, celebrations are a little different due to the coronavirus epidemic. We encourage all our tenants to stay at home on May Day’s Eve and May Day, as this is the best way for all of us to slow the epidemic down and prevent the virus from spreading. However, this does not mean that May Day is cancelled: you can celebrate remotely from home. We came up with a few tips for remote celebrations to help you enjoy your May Day at home to the full.
1. Prepare your home for May Day
You can create a May Day party feeling at home with various decorations, for example. Just a few balloons or some streamers can create a festive feeling before the celebration. A clean home is also a festive home.
2. Reserve May Day treats for yourself
For many of us, there is no May Day without the traditional sima mead, doughnuts and funnel cakes. We recommend buying your treats from the store well in advance. Some may have already started making their own sima, but you will have plenty of time to make this mead as late as on May Day’s Eve with the mead syrup recipe of Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish).
Unica also sells sima and doughnuts at the Assarin Ullakko and at its remote sales points on May Day’s Eve 30 April. For more detailed information, please visit Unica’s website www.unica.fi
3. Get your overalls or cloak ready for May Day
Do you have student overall badges lying around that are just waiting to be sown onto your overalls or cloak? Nothing creates a better May Day feeling than having a sewing bee for your new student overall badges. The work goes much smoother if you hold an online sewing party with your friends through a video connection. You should also find your student cap well in advance to wait for the moment you can put it on.
4. Make a May Day playlist
You could set up your own playlist for May Day. Fill the playlist with all the songs that remind your of May Day or put you in a festive mood. You could even have a little dance party with friends through a remote connection.
5. Have a capping ceremony or picnic on your balcony or apartment garden
You can also have a capping ceremony or a picnic on your balcony or in your apartment garden. Spread your picnic cloth on the balcony or in your garden and bring your May Day treats and decorations. If you do not have an apartment balcony or garden, open up your windows or the doors to your French balcony. Say hello to your neighbour and raise a toast together – from a safe distance away!
6. Relax and enjoy this different May Day
Even though we cannot celebrate May Day the traditional way this year, it is good to keep in mind that this exceptional situation will not go on forever. This year, May Day will be a little different and certainly unforgettable – this is the May Day you will remember even when your old and grey, which may not be true for all other May Days. This is not the end of May Day, a new one will come every year – or, as the Finns say, ‘Wabu ei lobu’!