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Korona ja Vappu – COVID-19 and Finnish May Day

Vappu is the Finnish name for the 1st of May. It’s usually a pretty big deal in Finland. Normally, people gather in large number in city centers all around the country. Now that we’re dealing with COVID-19, Finnish May Day will be different. Vappu can’t be celebrated the same way as in other years. Here are some phrases about vappu in the year of quarantine!

Finnish English
Torille ei saa kokoontua. One can’t meet on the city square.
Vappua juhlitaan kotona. Vappu is celebrated at home.
Vappu on peruttu. Vappu has been canceled.
Vietetään vappua kotona! Let’s celebrate Vappu at home!
Vietetään etävappua! Let’s celebrate remote Vappu!
Ollaan etäyhteydessä! Let’s be in remote contact!
Poliisi on huolissaan vapusta. The police is worried about Vappu.
Poliisi voi sulkea puistoja. The police can close parks.
Poliisi valvoo kokoontumisia. The police monitors gatherings.
Poliisi hajottaa väkijoukkoja. The police disperses the crowds.
Fyysinen etäisyys pitää säilyttää. Physical distance must be maintained.
Kaupunki tarjoaa virtuaaliviihdykettä. The city offers virtual entertainment.
Käytä hashtagia #virtuaalivappu! Use the hashtag #virtuaalivappu!
Yli 10 hengen kokoontumiset on kielletty. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
Helsingissä järjestetään virtuaalikonserttia. In Helsinki they organize a virtual concert.
Konserttiin voi osallistua kotisohvalta. You can attend to the concert from your couch.
Vapun herkkuja voi tilata kotiovelle. You can order vappu delicacies to your home.
Ilmapalloja voi ostaa ruokakaupoista. Balloons can be bought from grocery stores.
Tee munkit itse! Make your own donuts!
Juodaan itsetehtyä simaa! Let’s drink home-made mead!
Juodaan samppanjaa kotona! Let’s drink champaign at home!


Practice putting verb in the passive form in vappu-related sentences!
Read about how to conjugate verbs into the passive form here.

Use the missä, mistä and mihin forms in the following sentences!

Read more in Finnish about this exceptional May Day in Finland:


That’s all for this short article about COVID-19 and Finnish May Day. Hauskaa vappua kaikille!

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Is Vappu related to Valborg that is celebrated in Sweden? The latter is, however, celebrated on 30th April.

Inge (admin)

Oh, that seems unusual, that Sweden is celebrating things a day “early” compared to other May Day celebrations. Finnish Vappu originates from Saint Walpurga , and I think Swedish Valborg does so, too. On the 1st of May the Saint’s remains were moved to a church.