Today is a pretty special day for the graduating classes of high school. In what is apparently a tradition, the kids dress up in costume, get loaded up into the back of dump trucks, and are driven around the city, tossing candies to the crowds that are congratulating them on their upcoming graduation.
However, their graduation is not guaranteed. This parade happens before they take their final exams, which they take after the winter holiday (which is this upcoming week).
It seems these kids know there are risks involved!
It was pretty fun to hear the kids laughing and whooping it up. It’s a neat tradition, and reminded me so much of the Mardi Gras parades (that I’m missing, wah!).
This whole thing is really an amazing bit of Finnish culture. The studies and the exam appear to be quite exhaustive and difficult, and it’s really great to see the kids celebrated for their academic achievements. There is a quite long history about this that you can read here, if you are interested.