Estonia Independence Day around the world in 2020

Estonia Independence Day around the world in 2020
Flag of Estonia. Image by Ville Säävuori , via Flickr
  How long until Estonia Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 78 days.
  Dates of Estonia Independence Day around the world
2021 EstoniaFeb 24
Estonia Wed, Feb 24National Holiday
2020 EstoniaFeb 24
Estonia Mon, Feb 24National Holiday
2019 EstoniaFeb 24
Estonia Sun, Feb 24National Holiday
2018 EstoniaFeb 23
Estonia Fri, Feb 23National Holiday
2017 EstoniaFeb 24
Estonia Fri, Feb 24National Holiday
  Summary
Anniversary of the declaration founding the Republic of Estonia.

When is Estonian Independence Day?

Estonian Independence Day (iseseisvuspäev) is a public holiday in Estonia, always celebrated on 24th February. It is Estonia's National Day.

History of Estonian Independence Day

On 24 February 1918, Estonia issued a declaration of independence from the new Soviet Russia, which was followed by a war with the Soviets to maintain Estonian liberty.

On 2 February 1920, the war ended with the Tartu Peace Treaty which guaranteed Estonia's independence for all time.

The Soviets went on to break this pact, however, and Estonia was under Soviet control for 75 years.

Estonians start their Independence Day with the traditional flag-hoisting on Toompea and in other Estonian towns in the morning and progress through the day with church services, the military parade in Freedom Square, an open-air free concert in central Tallinn, and the President's reception in the evening.

Estonian Flag

The current flag of Estonia was adopted after independence from Russia in 1918. It was formally adopted on 21 November 1918, following its use as a symbol during the war of independence.

The colors of the national flag are meant to represent Estonian history, nature and traditions. Blue represents faith, loyalty and devotion as well as the sky, sea, and lakes. Black represents the dark past and suffering of the Estonian people as well as the traditional black jacket of the Estonian peasant. White symbolises both snow in the winter and the light summer nights.

The origin of the Estonian flag is said to date back to 1881 when a group of university students, emboldened by Estonia's national awakening, adopted blue, black and white as their fraternity's colours.

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