Thursday, 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas despite the current coronavirus situation. Eat, drink and be merry. It's time to enjoy ourselves. We all deserve a bit of cheer! Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Christmas carols sung in Estonian

With Christmas almost upon us, no doubt we are all getting ready for the big day. I love Christmas and nothing pleases me more than buying gifts for my loved one, decorating my home and eating delicious food! I will be busy in the kitchen tomorrow morning cooking up a feast whilst listening to Christmas carols in the background. Estonian songs are the best of course! Here are a few I plan to start my day with. Merry Christmas everyone!

The traditional Christmas carol 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' has a few variants in Estonian. You can either use the word 'kauneid or rõõmsaid'. Here are the lyrics.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
(Me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,)

Me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,
me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,
me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,
lisaks head aastat uut!

Toob kõigile sära silma,
toob kõigile sära silma,
toob kõigile sära silma,
rahu maa peale toob

Seal leidke kõik see,
mis leidmata veel,
ja kaunimad päevad
olgu ootamas eel!

Me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,
me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,
me soovime rõõmsaid jõule,
lisaks head aastat uut!

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

National Library of Estonia showcases century old textbooks

For the first time, the National Library in Tallinn is holding an exhibition dedicated to textbooks used throughout the ages. The collection includes study materials from the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s. The oldest book on display is from the year 1515.

The exhibition is called 'ABC ja Cicero. Kooliraamat mineviku Eestis' and runs until the 29th May 2021. More information can be found on the National Library website Rahvusraamatukogu näitab esimest korda Eesti haruldasi ja sajandeid vanu õpikuid

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

New Banned Books Museum Opens in Tallinn

A new museum has opened in Tallinn's Old-Town that specialises in censorship and promotes the free exchange of ideas. The museum, located in Munga Street, holds a collection of over one-hundred different titles that were banned from all over the world. The books are classified by country eg. Estonia, U.K, Russia, China etc, and also has a section dedicated to books that were burned. 

The museum was created by Joseph Maximillian, a Scot who has been living in Estonia for the past five years. He studied film and spent several years living in China. According to his website, the aim of the museum is to raise people's awareness of the long history of censorship and the importance of freedom of speech.

Most books in the museum can be viewed or purchased. The museum is open Friday-Sunday from 11am until 6pm at Munga 2 Tallinn. More information can be found here: Banned Books Museum

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Vote your favourite in Tartu's Deed of the Year Award

Tartu has launched its annual Deed of the Year Award, a competition that has been running for the past 23 years. All residents and friends of Tartu can participate in the voting which ends on December 17. The winner will be announced on December 29.

This year's candidates are:

Renovation of the Annelinn Upper Secondary School

Asta and Katre Õimu Eesti Kõnekäänud I and II

World Rally Championship Rally Estonia

Car-Free Avenue

Bolt scooter rental

Opening of the BMX Cross Hall in the former Visa Hall

Welfare Masters begin assisting the elderly

The return of biodiversity to city centre parks

Karl Morgenstern 250 exhibitions and other events

Performances with audio description and subtitles in Theatre Vanemuine

Klubi Tartu Maraton virtual sporting events

South Estonian Week of Flavours 'From Forest to Plate'

Fairy tale exhibition 'Once Upon a Time' at the Estonian National Museum

Play and recreation area in Annelinn, Kaunas pst 58a

Paju 2 high-rise building

Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty

University of Tartu Delta Centre academic and a research building

Skating rink on the Town Hall Square

New Lodjakoda barge workshop complex

You can vote online here - Tartu's Deed of the Year 2020