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Estonian Christmas carols

Püha öö Püha öö!, õnnistud öö! Kõik on maas rahu sees Joosep valvab ja Marial sääl Hingab lapsuke põlvede pääl Maga, patuste rõõm Maga, patuste rõõm Püha öö!, õnnistud öö! Ingli hääl välja pääl Laulab rõõmustes: halleluuja! Annab teada ka karjastele: Kristus sündinud teil! Kristus sündinud teil! Püha öö!, õnnistud ...

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Christmas dishes

Traditional dishes – the same for generations have been served for Christmas Eve supper. One of these is baked turkey (or goose) with apples. Other dishes include sauerkraut (mulgikapsad), potatoes, swede with hog’s head, pork, black pudding, potato salad with red beets and paté as well as beet salad and ...

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Folk traditions of Estonia Christmas

Jőulud (Yuletide), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day In the folk tradition of Estonia Christmas has a double meaning: on one hand it is the sign of the birth of Christ, but on the other hand it represents the whole period of holidays celebrated in mid-winter – Jõulud. This name has ...

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Christmas traditions in Estonia

Advent Despite the fact that just like in other Nordic countries, the most important days are Christmas Eve and Christmas, the festive atmosphere can be felt right from the beginning of December – at the start of Advent. Advent calendars are bought and they are used to measure the time ...

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Christmas trivia

Do Estonians live in Jõulumaa? The Estonian word Jõulud (Christmas) has an old Scandinavian origin and comes from the word Jul. In Scandinavia and in Estonia the day of Christ’s birth is defined by a word of pre-Christian origin: Jul in Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish, Jol in Icelandic, Juolu in ...

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History of Christmas

Christmas as a holiday was established in the IV century, while in Estonia it was celebrated since the country’s Christianization – the appearance of Christian invaders. The first public Christmas tree was placed in the old town square in Tallinn in 1441. Between the years 1523-1526 Reformation was carried out ...

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Jõulud – Christmas in Estonia

Rõõmsaid jõulupühi ja head uut astat!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Christmas – Jõulud in Estonia is very rich and multidimensional. This multidimensionality is directly connected with Estonia’s cultural diversity but also with the changes that have occurred within the country. Christmas in Estonia is celebrated by Lutherans, ...

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February 24th – Independence Day

The Republic of Estonia was established on the 24th of February 1918, when for the first time in the history of the state, Salvation Committee, Päästekomitee, declared independence of the Republic of Estonia. This day was celebrated as Independence Day until the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1940. Later, during ...

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June 14 – A National Day of Commemoration

June 14th marks the day in 1941 when the Soviet authorities organized the first mass deportation of Estonians to Siberia. It is a day of mourning and commemoration for the Estonian people. „We can never forget the losses we have borne. We can never forget those who can no longer ...

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Distinctiveness at all costs

Although it is a simplification, Estonians divide their own history into four periods – Polish, Swedish, and Russian rule and independence. As a joke they often say that times under Swedish rule were the best, and since history likes to repeat itself, they look with hope upon its new chapter ...

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