Friday, February 17, 2012
This is how Finns prepare for tests
I'm not joking even a little bit.
And, there's more.
There's candy involved. They are throwing candy from those trucks.
How much fun is this?
This is Penkkarit, a tradition for third year (12th grade, final year) students in Finland.
Yesterday was the last day of school for third year students. For the next month, they will prepare for final exams.
Nobody warned us about this day...we literally walked into the midst of the celebration taking place when we decided not to wait for the bus that was stuck in the traffic jam caused by truck after truck after truck of screaming, cheering, chanting, candy-throwing teenagers.
Of course, I have no idea what they were chanting, but what I learned at home after experiencing "Fourth of July Part II" (Sam's description), is that they are chanting slogans that either make fun of, or show pride in their school.
I noticed that all of the signs have the letters A B I in them. I can only assume that these letters refer to the actual test called "Abitur." (Update: see reader comment below which explains what ABI stands for.)
Plus, a reference to LMFAO never hurt anybody.
I'm not sure who was happier...the students in the trucks...
Or the children on the streets below running after candy!