Public holidays in Estonia

There are no many holidays to celebrate in Estonia. The ones we have here are mostly international or ones involving our independency! Nonetheless, we are always happy here to get a day off when a bank holiday appears and trying to take it as a little surprise. There are 12 such 'surprises' a year!


Christmas Customs 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 states, Estonia's celebration of Christmas mostly falls on Christmas Eve, however, Christmas season starts from Advent with people buying Advent calendars or lighting Advent candles. Each year on December 24, the President of Estonia declares Christmas Peace, which is a 350-year-old tradition in Estonia.


Estonian cuisine

The different historical rulers of the region - Danes, Swedes, Germans and Russians - have influenced Estonian traditional cuisine over the centuries.Modern cuisine, eating habits, food, and ways of cooking are similar to those in other Nordic countries.