Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) / Laskiaistiistai

When: February 9 in 2016

What: Shrove Tuesday is a holiday combining both pagan and Christian traditions. From a Christian point of view, it is the last day before the beginning of Lent. Most Finns, however, see Shrove Tuesday as a celebration of winter. Traditional dishes for Shrove Tuesday include pea soup and laskiaispulla, a sweet bun filled with jam or almond paste and whipped cream. Sledding is one of the most popular activities on this day, and in many cities, students organize large-scale sledding events where students compete for the title of the craziest, self-made sled of the year. Regular sledding is also encouraged at these events, but if you’re not into the wintery rides yourself, you can fill your Thermos with hot chocolate and enjoy the event from the sidelines.

Ask your friends and colleagues about local Shrove Tuesday traditions, or visit your local tourism office or their website for more information. Student Unions will inform you about Shrove Tuesday activities on their websites.

Opening hours and public transport: Regular hours