During normal times May Day is the day when the city centre is full of joyous and drunken people celebrating Vappu (which is May Day in Finnish) by wearing colourful clothes and carnival costumes, drinking sparkling wine, having picnics with friends, and there are balloons everywhere. This year it was quite different, needless to say – which I just said though.

The lockdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic caused the centre of Helsinki being very peaceful. It felt like Sunday morning. The best part was there was no rubbish left on the ground. Usually there’s a huge mess. I liked it. But the day did feel bit bland. Maybe my feelings show in the pictures below.

I realised a known American sports apparel company has a niche market for bright green running tights here for this one special day a year.

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