Estonians have been engaged in farming and cultivation of cereals since ancient times. The first and most essential rye grains have been growing in Estonia since 11th century. The rye home - and handmade bread has been baked by the housewives for centuries. This bread doubtlessly became the leading Estonian food. It has never been left out from Estonians daily meals and is still named as „ sacred“ one.
Folk „rye“games are popular among grown ups and children. These games are played at weddings,by the fires on Midsummer Night etc. The game „Me lähme rukist lõikama“ ( since 1921) is a traditional folk ring game. Singing folk song lyrics and movements are inseparable in this game. The young and old enjoy playing it everywhere in Estonia.
How to play?
The very first thing is to find people in a good mood.
We need uneven number of players. They have to pair up and make up a circle holding each other under partner`s elbow. One player remains alone.
The pairs start singing and going round and round clockwise until the end of the first verse.
Then the partners release themselves, start singing the chorus and seeking for a new partner.
Hopefully there will be a new player that remains without a partner.The idea is to choose a new partner in each round.
The main goal of the play is not to be alone.
Me lähme rukist lõikama,
kes tuleb vihku köitma?
Kas, armas sõber, tahad sa
ka meie seltsi heita?
We are going - harvest rye,
Who wants? Who wants to join us?
Oh, my friend, why don’t you want
To join us with the sheafing?
We are going to harvest rye, who wants to join us sheafing. Hey, dear fellow, would you like to keep up company?
Mina otsin ja sina otsid
ja igaüks otsib oma.
Ja mina leidsin ja sina leidsid,
kes hooletu, jääb ilma.
I’m seeking, you ’re seeking
I have found and you have found
The lazy one stays lonely
Everybody´s seeking for a new partner, the careless one should remain alone.
Have fun! Enjoy the game!
Traditional games in the Tsirguliina Secondary School, with students and teachers.