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Ethnicity Day in Estonia in 2019

Holidays in Estonia National Holiday in Estonia

Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Old Town. Tallinn is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe.

When is Ethnicity Day?

How long until Ethnicity day?
This holiday next takes place in 339 Days.
Dates of Ethnicity day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday
2019 Saturday
2018 Saturday
2017 Saturday
2016 Saturday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
day dedicated to the Estonian unique language and cultural identity

This public holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday in October.

This holiday is dedicated to the Estonian unique language and cultural identity

History of Ethnicity Day

In 2011, the Estonian Riigikogu (parliament) approved a law according to which ethnicity day will be celebrated on the third Saturday of October as national holiday, LETA/htuleht reports.

The initiators of the move say that the aim of the ethnicity day is to better inform the public of Estonians being a member of the Finno-Ugric nations, to value their origin, mother tongue and cultural heritage more.

Even though Estonia is considered to be one of the Baltic states, the country has no cultural or linguistic relation to Latvia and Lithuania - its culture and language are, instead, closely related to those of Finland.

This will be the day dedicated to the Estonian unique language and cultural identity, national culture and the day when Estonians think about other Finno-Ugric nations, introduce their languages and cultures and speak of their problems.

Did you know?

Estonia has the largest number of museums per person in the world, at one museum for every 5,300 Estonians. On average, Estonians visit a museum twice a year.


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