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The tradition goes as follows; a freshman (called fuxi) will be transformed into a student in technology (called teekkari) every 1st of May in Tammerkoski river located in the city center. Their white caps are brand new (given the day before) and symbolize the day. Even though the weather may be nice and even warm, the cold fact is that the lake that the water is coming from was still icy only a week ago. So, smiley faces were hard to find... This rack went down about an hour from the start and was the first one where people were looking happy instead of terrified.

Different universities have usually a tradition of their own to celebrate the 1st of May, this one started in 1966. The university was founded in 1965 as a branch of Helsinki University of Technology and became an independent university in 1972.

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