Estonian National Holidays

Estonian National Holidays

  • 1st of January: New Years day. Generally a very quiet day after celebrations.
  • 24th of February: Independence day. Celebrated with the military parade in the morning and festive family dinners in the evening.
  • Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Celebrated by spring time (dairy based) treats, eggs and folk festivities.
  • 1st of May: May Day. The night before (Walpburg night) is celebrated with parties and witchcraft.
  • 23rd of June: Victory Day. Celebrating crucial battle (1919) during the War of Independence.
  • 24th of June: Midsummer Day. Commonly known as Jaanipaev. Celebrated with bonfires, different events and festivities taking place all around Estonia. One of the most important dates in a year for Estonians.
  • 20th of August: Day of Restoration of Independence. Celebrated with national festivities, events and family gatherings.
  • 24th of December – 26th of December: Christmas.

Most shops, banks and restaurants are open on public holidays – 25th of December and 1st of January are the only days when most businesses are closed.

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