HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Culture of Estonia

Though with a population of a little more than one million, Estonia still boasts a rich history of art, literature, cinema and theatre. The Estonian language and culture are the main vehicles for maintaining Estonian identity, and the people of Estonia have always revered their cultural treasures.

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Valentine's Day in Estonia

Tallinn, which is considered as Estonia's crown jewel, has many cafes and restaurants which make the visual spirit of Valentine's Day even before the arrival of the day. The food of Estonia has been heavily dependent on seasons and simple peasant food, which in present day is influenced by many countries. On Valentine's Day, probably all kind of food will be available in Tallinn restaurants.

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

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.