Estonian traditions

Record number of people attended the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration – five video highlights

The 26th Estonian Song and 19th Dance Celebration drew the highest ever number of participants and audience from 4-6 July – over 153,000 people visited the performances. Most tickets were sold for the second concert of the Song Celebration, this year called “The Time to Touch”, on Sunday – 67,322 …

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Three new videos demonstrate the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration

Every five years, almost 100,000 Estonians gather to sing in a giant choir. Find out about the tradition and how you can be part of the magic. Along with the famous Song Festival, almost 10,000 Estonian dancers gather every five years to dance together. What is the magic of the …

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“To Breathe As One” – a new film shows how singing keeps Estonia together (video)

Back in 2000, two internationally famous choirs – the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir in Oakland, California and the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir in Tallinn, Estonia – met at Heathrow Airport. The young people were heading to their respective homes after competing in singing events in various parts of the globe. They had time to kill, and they started to sing. Thus was born a choral friendship …

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Estonian wisdom – 25 proverbs and sayings

A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience, often metaphorically. Proverbs also encapsulate society’s values and beliefs. We have collected 25 Estonian proverbs and sayings and have also included the original expression in Estonian. Most of these …

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Old customs die hard – New York’s Estonian House organises a rosolje competition

Estonians are proud of their traditional dishes – the rye bread, potato salad, selection of meats, sausages, marinated fish, pickles. One dish which was historically never missing from a party table, is rosolje – a beetroot and potato salad. And wherever Estonians emigrated, they took the tradition of making rosolje …

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Christmas traditions in Estonia

Christmas time is still the most important holiday celebrated in Estonia. For Estonians, Christmas is a mixture of the traditional, the modern, the secular and the religious.* Like in other Nordic countries, Estonia’s celebration of Christmas mostly falls on Christmas Eve; however, Christmas season starts from the first Advent with …

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Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners 3: hot steam, cold water and the naked truth

We Canadians share a number of things with those in the Nordic countries: a love of hockey, a tradition of social democratic values and a cold, dark, snowy winter. Despite our national similarities, however, it’s unlikely that many Canadians get to experience the sauna ritual as it’s practiced regularly in …

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Otepää – home to the annual European Sauna Marathon

Otepää, Estonia. Winter is a busy time here for sports as competitors come to this usually sleepy town on Estonia’s southern tip. Sometimes, the scene is exactly what you would expect, like 8,500 bundled-up skiers sliding through town on a cross-country ski trek one weekend last month. Other times, though, …

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