Google Doodle today marks the celebration of Estonia Independence Day. This day is the 101st Republic of Estonia and the day on which it declared independence from the Soviet Union. As last year marked the 100 years of independence, the celebration was in a grand manner. And this year too there is nothing less to define. But then, this year has another specialty. Estonia Independence Day 2019 marks 30 years its national flag. 30 years ago, Estonia’s blue, black, and white flag was raised over the Pikk Hermann tower atop Toompea Castle—the Estonian seat of power for centuries.

It was the setting the stage for Estonia’s return to independence in 1991. Eventually, the entire people of Estonia, celebrate this day with pride. Finally, commemorations include laying of wreaths at the memorials of President Konstantin Päts and other state figures.  It includes the Monuments of the War of Independence, a military parade through Freedom Square in Tallinn, and concerts. Each year fireworks, concerts, a parade of the defense forces and a presidential reception will take place. Everybody can admire military units and rejoice to the music of the orchestras of Defence Forces, Police and Border Guard, and the United States Air Force. Following the parade, the Estonian president will give a televised speech. Read more on the Google Doodle page.

Estonia Independence Day

 

Estonia Independence Day – History:

Circa 100 years ago, the Estonian people fought for independence from the Russian Empire.  The most important day was February 24th, 1918, on which Estonia declared statehood, which is commemorated as a national holiday. Estonia was under several foreign powers. But never once, it lost its quest for Independence. Following the growth of a strong independence movement in the late 1980s, Estonia officially declared its independence from the former Soviet Republic on 20 August 1991.

On the very same day, there was an attempted coup in Moscow by hard-line Communist Party members. Russian troops arrived in Tallinn to support the coup but Estonian volunteers organized protection of the television broadcast tower. It made the hardliners not to take over the TV channels.

By 6 September 1991, independence got the formal recognition from the former Soviet Union. It was a time of Russian Revolution, from the balcony of the Endla Theatre in Pärnu, Manifesto declaring Estonia as a sovereign nation brought joyful tears to all.  The people of Estonia sang the national anthem, My Fatherland, my Happiness, and Joy right there. See also: The Serbia National Day.

Estonia Independence Day – Unknown Estonia:

Estonia is one of the least religious countries in the world. Only 16% of its population was found to be an adherent of some form of belief during a 2005 poll. Estonia is also among the cleanest places on the planet earth to breath. It is a law in Estonia to have safety reflectors attached whether you are walking or biking during the night time or when the visibility is inadequate. The reflector can be pinned to your handbag, coat or any other suitable place where it is easily spottable. Otherwise, you will have fine up to 400 EUR.

According to the largest ever study of height around the world, Estonian men and women are the third tallest people on Earth. One of the biggest meteorites to hit the Earth in the recent history landed in Saaremaa, in what today is the village of Kaali. Estonia has two Independence Days. It first achieved independence from the Soviet Union on February 24, 1918, and again on August 20, 1991, after 51 years of occupation. The second date is the “Restoration of Independence Day.”

Sports and Business:

The Estonians invented Kiiking, which is a sport. It involves fastening yourself to an enormous standing steal swing (kiik means a swing in Estonian) which has a full 360 degrees of rotation to it. To swing a kiiker the contestant must pump by squatting and standing up on the swing. The swing gains momentum taking the person in full circle by his skillful pumping. Estonia has considerably more women than men – for every 100 females, there are 84 men. See also: The Srilanka National Day

Business cards are pinned on the wall of the airport in Tallinn. You can stick your own business card on the wall and pick the one that is of interest to you. It’s a great way to network with people and find useful stuff. Café culture is quite popular in the country. Cafes are in every corner and street across the country. The cafes in the country are small, cozy and provide a home-like feeling to its customers. In addition, Estonian schools connect to the Internet. The Internet is everywhere in the country!

 

Thus, a country with all kind of resources and advancements that it made in these 100 years. Long Live Estonia!

Happy Independence Day, Estonia!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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