The National Day of Estonia is on the 24th February (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the Russia 1918). It is known as the Estonian Independence Day and marks the anniversary of the country’s declaration of independence from Russia in 1918.
National Day of Estonia
Likewise on the 24th February in 1918 it was the Estonian National Council which declared Estonia an independent as well as a democratic republic. This marked the beginning of the country’s independence. The first independence of Estonia lasted until 1940 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. It was however in 1991 that Estonia regained its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
On this day, Estonians usually participate in various celebrations and events that highlight their culture and history. The main event of the day is a flag-raising ceremony that takes place in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. This ceremony is attended by the country’s president, government officials, and citizens.
Public Holidays in Estonia
Likewise here are the main public holidays in Estonia:
- New Year’s Day (January 1) – This holiday marks the beginning of the new year;
- Independence Day (February 24) – This celebrates the country’s declaration of independence from Russia in 1918;
- Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday) – This day marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ;
- Easter Sunday and Monday (March or April) – These holidays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
- May Day (May 1) – International Workers’ Day;
- Pentecost Sunday and Monday (May or June) – This celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles;
- Victory Day (June 23) – This celebrates victory of Estonian forces over Germans in the Battle of Võnnu in 1919;
- Midsummer Day/St. John’s Day (June 24) – This is a traditional celebration of the summer solstice;
- Day of Restoration of Independence (August 20) – This celebrates the restoration of Estonia’s independence in 1991;
- Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 24-26) – These holidays celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Finally in addition to these public holidays, there are also a few other days that are recognized.