The First of May - a Finnish carnival
The First of May is an important day among
students. The festivities of the First of May are celebrated in the whole
country with gusto. Students, and former students, celebrate by wearing
their white student caps. Noise makers, whistles, balloons, bangles and
baubles belong to May Day.
During the festivities, a traditional
non-alcoholic beverage is enjoyed on the First of May. Mead (or Sima) is
served cool. Tippaleipä (a Finnish fritter) is a traditional sweet May
Vappu is the Memorial Day of Saint Labor,
holiday of spring and university students and also the workers
international festival and demonstration day. It has been celebrated in
Finland since 1890, and, in addition, in many countries it has been paid
day-off since 1918.
At Vappu, students and family generally
drink mead and eat Mayday fritters, however, some drink beer and other
Big festivals abound in the city streets
and in market places. People of all ages wear their students’ caps.
Students gather around a statue, such as havasamanda in Helsinki, and
wash the statue before putting a white cap on her head.
8 liters of water
1/4 teaspoonfuls of yeast
1/2kg of brown sugar
1/2kg of sugar
(1/2 dl of syrup)
(10 hop's inflorescences)
For each of 8 one liter bottles:
1/2 teaspoonful of sugar
Peel and slice lemons.
Parboil about ½ liter of the water and
pour it over sugar and syrup.
Mix until all sugar has dissolved.
Add rest of water and lemon slices and
Let the liquid ferment for 24 hours in
the liquid through cheesecloth
Add to each bottle
½ teaspoonful sugar and five raisins.
Seal the bottles with rubber corks.
Store them in cool place.
The Sima (Lemon drink) is ready after one
week. Remember to serve it cold!
1 tablespoon of sugar
½ liter lukewarm milk
25 g yeast
450 g fine wheat flour
Mix the eggs and sugar
Add milk and yeast.
Add wheat flour and put mixture to rise
Heat the grease in the pot
Sink a round soup ladle to fill half-full
of hot grease.
Squeeze 2 tablespoon of dough mixture
through the paper cone into the ladle
Flip the fritter and fry to light brown
Place the fritters onto paper towel and
let it drain.
When cold, sprinkle them with
confectioners sugar through the sifter.
Serve with Mead and enjoy!
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