SPRING CONSERT FOR FRIENDS
Presented our and project prtners cultural dances.
Estonian traditional dance Kaera-Jaan
In the Estonian folk calendar Easter is celebrated not only as a great church holiday but also as a spring holiday to welcome the arrival of the lighter and warmer season. And although chocolate eggs and bright-coloured feathers have found their way into Estonian family traditions, many of the old customs are being kept alive, too.
One thing you are sure to witness is the “egg knocking” competition. Traditionally, eggs are painted/coloured by boiling them wrapped in the dry outer skin of onions. At least once during the Easter celebration, family and friends are invited to join a competition: each has an egg and whoever breaks the shell of the competitor’s egg without cracking his, will be declared the winner and can claim the loser’s egg.
Estonian Independence Day (iseseisvuspäev) is a public holiday in Estonia, always celebrated on 24 February. It is Estonia's National Day. On 24 February 1918, Estonia issued a declaration of independence from the new Soviet Russia, which was followed by a war with the Soviets to maintain Estonian liberty. On 2 February 1920, the war ended with the Tartu Peace Treaty which guaranteed Estonia's independence for all time.
The Soviets went on to break this pact, however, and Estonia was under Soviet control for 75 years.
Shrove Tuesday (vastlapäev) is a winterfestivity, but it is not a fixed date. It is 7 weeks before Easter either in February or March.
This day was related to entertainment and anticipation of spring. According to the Church calendar Lent started on the next day. People went sledging and danced in the evening. Sledging was important – the longer the slide, the longer the stem of flax would be in the fields during the next summer. Slides were taken on a linen bag or a handful of flax, later on sledges and sleighs.
Happy New Year!