Two questions to Tero Holopainen,
President of the Finnish Society of Sydney
1) How important is Vappu for Finnish people in Australia, and are you celebrating it regularly here?
Celebrating Vappu is one of those few things that reminds us Finns of home, as it is something that everyone in Finland celebrates.
In Finland it is a true carnival, and arguably our biggest celebration. Especially for those Finns who have grown up in Finland it is significant.
Some like to have the party on the Vappu Eve 30/4 and some have the traditional Vappu brunch with Champagne and herring sandwiches on Vappu day.
Most people in Finland would participate in both, over here in Australia they are often combined.
I have been in Australia for three Vappus now, and we have had a party each year with at least 50 people every time, with over 100 this year.
2) How did you like the first Estonian-Finnish joint event in the Estonian House?
I enjoyed the Vappu in the Estonian House a lot, and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves as well.
All the feedback I have had has also been very positive. It seems we were able to deliver exactly the kind of party that people were expecting and hoping for.
I would like to thank Estonians for the wonderful venue that suited for the event perfectly and also for organising the event with us.
In the future I hope to see the Vappu celebration in Sydney to become a joint Finnish-Estonian tradition.