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Midsummer traditions in Estonia

Midsummer traditions in Estonia

Midsummer, also called St John’s Day or jaanipäev in Estonian is the time around summer solstice and is celebrated on various days around 21 to 25 June. European midsummer-related holidays, traditions, and celebrations are pre-Christian in origin. They are particularly important in geographic Northern Europe – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but is […]

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A Video Guide to Tallinn, Estonia for the perfect Family Holiday

A Video Guide to Tallinn, Estonia for the perfect Family Holiday

Tallinn really is the gem of the Baltic region, with much to be proud of and plenty of things to do as a family. Tallinn City Tourist Office, among others, has produced many excellent videos showcasing this wonderful European capital of culture, and indeed the country as a whole.

We’ve loved watching these videos here at Unique Hotels, so we’re spreading the joy by offering you a collection of the finest examples, old and new, from VisitTallinn’s YouTube channel. If you’re planning your perfect family holiday and haven’t yet picked your destination, have a look through these videos and we’re sure you’ll be convinced that Tallinn is the place to come.

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Native Language Day, Useful Estonian Phrases

Native Language Day, Useful Estonian Phrases

March 14th in the Estonian calendar is when the country celebrates the wonderful native Estonian tongue. Native Language Day, or Emakeelepäev in Estonian, is an important event that keeps alive the country’s important and ancient cultural heritage.

Estonia has a population of around 1.3 million, but only two-thirds speak Estonian as their first language. Estonian is therefore comparable to minority languages throughout Europe, such as Gaelic and Welsh, for numbers of everyday speakers. Because of this, Estonians are fiercely proud and protective of their mother tongue, and Native Language day is the perfect way to celebrate that.

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