Monday, April 17, 2006

What about Easter?


Totally and absolutely STRANGE! Today is Monday, the second day of Easter, but everybody here in Estonia works. And attends school. Not a bad thing, on the one hand... But on the other - I have no Easter mood at all!
Glad to see that shop windows weren't so much decorated with all these bunnies and eggs as it was last year in Riga (don't know how it was this year, though, I presume everything has gone even more comercialized)...
But what surprized me till bones was that there were NO Easter events in Tallinn, not any that I had heard off. No swings, no big, flufyy rabbits talking to children, no common egg coloring. Nothing! Just people looking at me and my friends strangely when we, with plactic bags in our hands, raved through the city, gathering greenery for our egg coloring session.
Do Estonians have some Easter traditions? I didn't observe any, so probably somebody can tell something on this topic?!

6 Comments:

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Luarvik said...

Well, I guess the more religious the nation the more they follow religious holidays and such. As you might have noticed, Estonians are not that religious. So mostly Easter is just a nice spring day off work. Some paint the eggs. And another thing we dont do are the so called bank holydays when you get the following Mon off as an extra. Estonia is one of the countries with the least number of public holidays. This sucks if you have to work. And no... didnt notice anything out of the ordinary in Riga last week. Just an ocasional easter egg on the shelf in Rimi. Ohh yeah Riga... but thats another topic absolutely..........:|

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger T! said...

well and Germany is a country with the most public (religious) holidays and not even a third of the Germans really knows the background of the many religious holidays...well, but thats also another story and I am sure that the huge number of religious holidays will be reduced soon...just because of economic reasons

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Dace said...

Luarvik - you are right, I was not in Riga and htherefore have no rights of saying something, but as far as delfi.lv informed (http://www.delfi.lv/archive/article.php?id=14189463&ndate=1145134800&categoryID=193) there were different Easter events in Riga, both in the centre and in the open-air museum, and elsewhere...

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger evelin said...

Estonians just dont't celebrate Easter that much outside home, I suppose. We are not very religious people, but there definetely are Easter traditions. There is always a lack of white eggs at food stores, because egg colouring is popular. According to the statistics, this year every Estonian should have eaten a quantity of ten(!) eggs during Easter.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Verinder said...

Hi,

I want to visit Estonia during Easter but I want to have fun. Are night clubs open on Easter? And do the girls do lent?

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Verinder said...

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