Estonian Independence Day is celebrated on February 24 and it’s a very special day for the locals because they celebrate 99 years since they first gained independence, but mainly because it’s a public holiday and nobody has to go to work 😀
Jokes aside, let’s take a look at what will happen during this day.
The Freedom square will host the Defence Forces’ parade at noon, where most of the country’s military hardware will be displayed. There’ll be soldiers, parade music, visits form Estonia’s political and military allies and to top it all off, Kersti Kaljulaid – the President of Estonia will be present. This is an event you can’t miss and it’s definitely the main way Estonians celebrate Independence Day! I know I’ll be there 😉
You should also enjoy some traditional Estonian food, such as meat with baked potatoes or sauerkraut 😀 That’ all I can think of at the moment. I should make some research about that and write a post on Estonian traditional food.
Another thing you should consider is watching the national cinema classic “Names in Marble” (in Estonian “Nimed Marmortahvlil”). I’m not gonna spoil it with details, but basically, it will make you grateful for being able to live in an independent Estonia.
Lastly, learn to pronounce “Head iseseisvuspäeva!” and say it to your Estonian buddies. Don’t worry, I’m not tricking you into saying something nasty. It simply means “Happy Independence Day!” 😉
That’s all from me guys. Do you know other ways Estonians celebrate Independence Day? Let me know in the comments!