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vujutThe anniversary ball, vuosijuhlat or vujut in Finnish, of a guild, association or student union is celebrated usually once a year to celebrate the birthday of that organization. The ball follows certain etiquette and the structure of the celebration is usually very similar. The main activities on an anniversary ball are however eating, drinking, singing and fancy dancing.

The celebration day usually starts with a cocktail event or kokkarit in Finnish. Only the guests who have received a formal invitation to the ball are welcome to the cocktail even to show their compliments and give some imaginative gift to the organizer of the party on behalf of their own organization. Cocktail food and drinks are usually served for the invited at the cocktail event.

After the cocktail event starts the main event of the ball. A three course dinner is served, familiar and not so familiar songs are sung and different acts are followed at the main event. Depending on the celebration the program may include an oration, rewarding of distinguished students, a speech of the chairman of the organizing party, a speech to women or free program from choir shows to drag queen shows. The main even usually ends with ball room dancing accompanied by a band or an orchestra.

The celebration naturally continues with a proper after party. It is possible to get more food and drinks there and occasionally even a live band plays at the after party. The duration of an after is not usually determined and only a few people know how long they actually stayed there.

The celebration of the day after the anniversary ball differs between the technology and business students. Teekkaris (techgonolgy student) have a brunch whereas kylteris (business students) have a sillis or silliaamiainen (herring breakfast). The main diffenrence between these two events is the dresscode; on brunch the dress code is hokinait and on sillis overalls with some theme. On brunch the main activities are usually eating, drinking, listening to music and enjoying the company of fellow students with hangover. The organizing party may have also came up with some program. There is usually a possibility continue the brunch or sillis to an after party where the anniversary ball officially end the latest.

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