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Finnish Carnival Spirit in West Coast Park

May 2, 2017

This Labour Day people in West Coast Park witnessed some peculiar activities, including rubber boot throwing and skiing on the bare ground, when the Finnish community in Singapore celebrated the May Day. The May Day carnival is part of the year-long celebrations of the Finland’s 100th year of independence.

 

In Finland, the May Day celebration is a nationwide urban carnival. People wear their white graduation caps, and the parks are filled with picnicking partiers. Also within the Finnish community in Singapore, the May Day picnic has been a long-standing yearly tradition. Because of the centenary celebrations this year, the picnic was made open to the public to make it even more fun.

 

Photo by Petri Järvinen

 

Photo by Petri Järvinen

 

Games for the whole family

 

People had a chance to participate in various fun games organized by the active Finnish community. The participants competed in Angry Birds ball game, sack and balloon races, throwing games with wooden blocks and rubber boots, ice hockey and skiing inspired games, doughnut eating competition, tasting of Finnish food specialities, and Finnish pop quiz. A Moomin story time finalized the activity list.

 

Photo by Ville Mukka

 

Nick Nobell arrived in the park with his family.

“All the activities were good, but in my opinion the Angry Bird ball game was the best. Many people don’t know that this iconic brand comes from Finland.”

 

Photo by Ville Mukka

 

The Finnish food specialities on the tasting stand included liquorish, blueberry pie, May Day fritters, and Karelian pies to name a few. Lynn Barbadillo tasted some of the foods for the first time:

“My favourites were May Day fritters and Karelian pies. The fritter was nice and sweet and Karelian pie tasted delicious because of the rice filling.”

 

 

Arctic meets tropics in the picnic

 

Throughout the afternoon, the picnickers filled the Jetty Lawn in West Coast Park, with a total of more than two hundred people participating in the celebrations. Some Finns wore their graduation caps, while others had taken on the liberty to wear funny hats and other carnival accessories. The funkiest hat price went to family Tippin for their matching hats supporting the May Day carnival spirit.

 

Photo by Ville Mukka

 

The picnic baskets were filled with Finnish May Day food like gravlax, potato salad, meat balls, May Day fritters and doughnuts, lemony mead drink and sparkling wine.

 

Photo by Ville Mukka

 

German Christin Culme-Seymour participated in the Finnish May Day celebrations for the first time with her Finnish friend Susanna Hasenoehrl.

“This is a wonderful and playful event, with a lot of bubbly in the glasses. Very nice event to come with the kids!” says Christin.

 

Suomi Finland 100 Singapore organised the Funky Finnish First of May event together with Finnish Association Singapore, the Finnish Supplementary School in Singapore and the Embassy of Finland.

 

Please check the May Day picnic pictures from SF100SG Flickr page.

 

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