So what the heck is this wappu thing that everyone keeps talking about? Read on to find out!
The first of May, or May Day, is called vappu in Finnish. As usual, most people in Finland celebrate it the day before (so the 30th of April). However, we students celebrate it for a few days, and here in Oulu usually even for two weeks. What this means that the two weeks preceding the first of May are filled with various events and parties organized by pretty much all the student organisations in Oulu, both from the University of Oulu and the University of Applied Sciences.
Some events are larger than others, some events are private, some are “normal” parties, others are weird happenings that only take place once a year. Most events are somewhat alcohol related. The largest events are usually organised by the engineering students (OTY) or by all the umbrella guilds. Here are a just few of them mentioned, follow the student guilds on Facebook to find out more!
20.4. Wapun avajaiset – the opening party of Wappu
This event takes place in the HopLop theme park. Note that the tickets are sold out extremely quick (last year in about 5 minutes!)
23.4. Rowing boat competition at Tuira beach
Gather a team or just come follow how other teams manage to row up and down the Oulu river.
24.4. BBQ party at Teekkaritalo
Bring your own grill to the yard of Teekkaritalo (or just bring yourself). Saunas will be warm and the music will play until the morning.
26.4. Wappu raveparty
Tired of normal parties in nightclubs? Come to a proper rave party then!
27.4. Päiväkännit (“day drinkings”)
Nightclubs are usually open, well, during the night. However, on this day the doors of Hevimesta open at 1pm – so why drink only at night when you can drink during the day?
27.4. AAAAAKki, or AatonAatonAatonAatonApinakapina (“Ape party of the eve of eve of eve of eve of wappu”)
Organised by the Guilds of Humanities and Natural Sciences, this traditional party is one of the largest nightclub parties during wappu.
30.4. Various events:
Franzen’s honours: traditional honoring of the Franzen statue (a gigantic Finnish graduation cap will be placed on his head!)
The Wappu Parade at the city centre: join the march through the city.
Dipping of the engineering students in Ainola park: The engineering freshmen dive into the cold river.
Wesibussi, or the bus line #69. A regular bus is modified for wappu with a sound system, meaning the party doesn’t stop even if you have to move from Linnanmaa to the city centre (or vice versa). Tickets cost 3 euros and you can then spend a whole hour in the bus listening to the best songs from the 90s while raving like a madman. All the money from the ticket sales go to a charity, so this is for a good cause as well!
As Wappu lasts for two weeks, take it easy. No, really. It’s not a sprint race, it’s a marathon, so keep yourself hydrated, well-fed, and remember to sleep also. Oh, and if you have to study, take it easy on the night before.
The Guild of Humanities wappu events: https://www.facebook.com/events/1903858576496643/
Follow the Guild of Natural Sciences: https://www.facebook.com/OLuT.ry/
See ya during wappu!