Monday, 10 December 2018

Tallinn voted the best Christmas market in Europe

It comes as no surprise to me but it's official, Tallinn has received the title of Best Christmas Market in Europe. In a recent poll conducted by European Best Destinations over 200,000 people from all over the world voted for their favourite Christmas market and Tallinn came in at number 1. This is an excellent and well deserved result. The Tallinn Christmas Market it has it all. It is sinply wonderful.  I have never seen another quite like it!

For more information, please click here: Best Christmas Market 2019 Tallinn

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Video: 13 best day hikes in Northern Estonia

Estonians love nature and hiking in the forest. In her latest video Estonian Maiu Lünekund takes a look at some of the best trails to explore in Northern Estonia. The video includes lots of useful information and handy tips.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Estonian diaspora seek new remembrance day for September 19

Earlier this autumn, the Estonian World Council (ÜEKN) submitted an appeal to the Riigikogu seeking to have 19 September officially declared a Day of Remembrance to mark the mass exodus of Estonians fleeing occupying powers in 1944. The Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu, however, wants to leave the decision up to the next Riigikogu, which will enter office following the 2019 general election next March.

"As the powers of the XIII Riigikogu are set to expire soon, then I do not believe it is reasonable to introduce a debate regarding the addition of a new national holiday to the Public Holidays and Days of National Importance Act," Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Marko Pomerants (Pro Patria) said in response to the ÜEKN's proposal.

Pomerants is of the opinion that the matter should be addressed by the Riigikogu to be elected next March, if it should so decide, and recommended systemically reviewing the national holidays already listed in the current Public Holidays Act.

The ÜEKN sent the Riigikogu an appeal in which it proposed declaring 19 September an official Day of Remembrance of the mass exodus of 1944, 75 years ago next autumn.

"Tens of thousands of citizens of the Republic of Estonia were forced at the time to undertake a journey into the unknown in order to save their own lives," the ÜEKN wrote. "This journey did not end happily for everyone, and to this day the exact number of Estonians to perish en route remains unclear."

The appeal noted that this event, which was sad and tragic for Estonians around the world, unfortunately has yet to be officially recognised with a national day of remembrance. The authors of the appeal recalled, in contrast, that the suffering of those deported to Siberia are marked by Estonia with two national days of mourning each year, on the anniversaries of mass deportations on 25 March and 14 June.

Diaspora organisation: Holiday could unite locals, diaspora

"Remembering the suffering and struggles in the name of survival of those who fled in 1944 also provides an opportunity to recognise the significant efforts of refugee Estonians in preserving the legal continuity and restoration of the independence of the Estonian state," the ÜEKN wrote. "A Day of Remembrance could become a unifying bridge between local and diaspora Estonians."

The ÜEKN noted that it would be difficult to find a family in Estonia that did not include a single member who fled the country in 1944, and people both in Estonia and abroad feel the need to remember and commemorate this period of difficult decisions that September nearly 75 years ago. "An Estonian proverb even states that without one's past, one has no future," the appeal read. "The ÜEKN hopes that commemorating this Day of Remembrance on 19 September will become an annual custom both in Estonia as well as anywhere else where Estonians live. We are counting on members of the Riigikogu to support our proposal."

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

100 years ago today the Estonian War of Independence began

On the 28th of November 1918 the Estonian War of Independence commenced when the Red Army crossed the border and invaded Narva. Hundreds of brave young Estonians took up arms to defend their country, including many spirited school boys who achieved success by their strong bonds of friendship and determination. These patriotic volunteers did a wonderful service for their country and for the generations to come. Elagu Eesti!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Videos: Tallinn Chritstmas Market / Tallinna Jõuluturg 2018

The live performances at the Tallinn Christmas Market is one of the reasons why the market is so good!

Friday, 23 November 2018

VIDEO: The Tallinn Christmas Market

There are many beautiful Christmas markets around the world but the one in Tallinn is quite unique.  Besides being the first city in the world to have a public Christmas tree, a tradition dating back to 1441, Tallinn's Christmas market is the complete package. As you stroll through the market stalls festive music plays overhead and children have the opportunity to meet Santa in his special cottage. Live performances take place regularly on the big stage and if you're lucky, you might get to see a reindeer! What more could you possible want? The Tallinn Christmas market is truly wonderful!