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Jyväskylä, Finland - 30th April 2012

By: mmm105

Hello mom!

Party goes on! :D How cool!  B)

It's May Day Eve today, and I tasted something Finnish May Day sweet. They called it as tippaleipä (=funnel cake).

Wikipedia says this about funnel cakes (click) "Funnel cakes are made by pouring unleavened batter into hot cooking oil in a circular pattern and deep frying the overlapping mass until golden-brown. When made at concession stands, a pitcher with an integral funnel spout is employed. Funnel cakes are typically served plain with powdered sugar."

And a drink is sima.

Wikipedia says this about sima (click)
"Sima is a sweet mead, still an essential seasonal, sparkling brew connected with the Finnish Vappu festival. It is usually spiced by adding both the flesh and rind of a lemon. During secondary fermentation raisins are added to control the amount of sugars and to act as an indicator of readiness for consumption — they will swell by absorbing carbon dioxide and rise to the top of the bottle when the drink is ready."


It was so yummy!  :p


Every year in May Day Eve, the statue of Minna Canth has got a special hat, ylioppilaslakki (=white cap). It's always few students, who can put the hat on the Minna Canth's head.
Here's some pictures about that seremony:






Hostmom told me, that not all can own this special white cap. Only they, who has successfully completed the upper secondary school final exams, matriculation examinations, can have those white caps. And this time of the year, Vappu (May Day), is the time for celebrate this. 

When we were back inside, I could try hostmom's white cap. :)
Do I look cool, mom?



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