This year marks the 700th anniversary of the first mention of the Tallinn Town Hall in 1322. This majestic Gothic building is known for its large ornate meeting rooms and is the best preserved town hall in Northern Europe. The official anniversary of the Raekoda took place on 15 May but anniversary celebrations will continue throughout the year.
Ilus Eesti, beautiful Estonia. My family's homeland. Estonia's countryside and people have an endearing gentleness about them which you fall in love with slowly and imperceptibly. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Estonians' courage and determination to survive despite centuries of repression, tyranny and foreign occupation. This blog aims to promote Estonian news, history and culture and seeks to enlighten readers about everything this unique country has to offer.
Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Tallinn Town Hall celebrates its 700th anniversary
Saturday, 25 June 2022
History of Coop in Estonia
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Midsummer's Day is approaching!
St. John's Day or Jaanipäev as it is known in Estonian is one of the oldest and most celebrated day in Estonia. It is the second most important day on the Estonian calendar after Christmas.
Midsummer's Eve traditions and folk beliefs:
Young women looking for a glimpse into the future are advised to collect nine different types of flowers and place them under a pillow for the night, resulting in a predictive dream revealing a future spouse.
Young lovers wander through the forest looking for a lucky fern flower said to bloom only on this night. If you are lucky enough to spot a glowworm, you may expect a great fortune.
The more adventurous boys and girls are known to jump over the bonfire in hopes of achieving prosperity or to swing as high as possible on the village's wooden swing.
More modern traditions include singing, dancing, and the telling of old folk tales.
Friday, 17 June 2022
Lonely Planet names Estonia's Prangli Island as one of Europe's most incredible remote getaways for 2022
Lonely Planet recently published an article 9 incredible remote escapes in Europe for 2022 and named Prangli Island as a great place for solo travellers who don't want to be bored. Located a mere 30 km from Tallinn, Prangli Island has a fascinating history having been settled by pirates, bootleggers, fishermen and sealers.
'Wagon of Tears' marks the 81st anniversary of the Soviet mass deportation of June 1941
The 'Wagon of Tears' on Tallinn's Freedom Square remembers the thousands of people who were deported on 14 June 1941 by the occupying Soviet regime. Over 10,000 people, including children, were crammed into cattle wagons and sent to remote parts of Russia. Many perished during the horrendous journey that took weeks and many more deaths followed as a result of the harsh livings conditions those Estonians were forced to endure. It was a crime against humanity we will never forget.
Half of the tears in this year's wagon are in the Ukrainian colours to show solidarity for those suffering once again by Russian aggression.
Friday, 10 June 2022
New Estonian spy drama series 'Traitor'
Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Estonia's largest maze built in Saaremaa
In the village of Neemi, Estonian Indrek Nõgu has created a five kilometre maze. It took him a year to develop the project and he used a specially made tape measure, iron bar and strimmer to cut his pattern. The design was inspired by a pattern from a French convent. The maze was constructed on a one hectare field and is believed to be the largest in Estonia.
Saturday, 4 June 2022
Happy Estonian Flag Day!
Today is the 138th anniversary of the 'sinimustvalge' Estonia's national flag. On this day we display our beautiful tri-colour flag with pride!
The origins of the Estonian flag date back to 1881 when the Estonian Students' Society in Tartu adopted blue, black and white as the colours of their fraternity. The flag achieved national importance at the beginning of the 20th century and in 1918 it became the flag of the Republic of Estonia. The first flag was consecrated in Otepää in 1884 and still exists today. During the Soviet occupation the original flag was hidden in a farmhouse chimney and is now at the National Museum of Estonia.
The Estonian flag is symbolic in nature. Blue represents the sky and loyalty to the homeland. Black refers to the soil and diligence. White means purity and hope for the future.
The flag of Estonia is unique with its rare colour combination. Whilst red is the most common colour found on many world flags, Estonia chose colours it culturally identifies with. The only other country in the world that uses blue, black and white on thier national flag is Botswana.