EV100 centennial week kicks off celebrations across EstoniaPublished: 12.02.2018

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, its Independence Day will be celebrated for the first time with an entire centennial week, which will include events in many regions across Estonia. Major centennial week events will be taking place from 19-25 February in the cities of Tallinn, Haapsalu, Narva, Viljandi, Pärnu, Paide and Tartu.

“Everyone in Estonia is invited to come out and celebrate the centennial, and not only on 24 February, but throughout centennial week”, Margus Kasterpalu, Head of Major Events for EV100 said. “The schedule for celebrating the Republic of Estonia’s 100th anniversary is packed, both during the centennial week and on the actual date of the anniversary. There are more than a thousand events taking place this year within the framework of the anniversary programme”, Kasterpalu said.

According to Kasterpalu, all of Estonia has been included in the centennial week celebrations in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. “The start of the centennial week will kick off on 19 February, at Tartu mnt 1 in Tallinn, once the headquarters of the Estonian Rescue Committee, which prepared the text of the Declaration of Independence”, Kasterpalu said. On 20 February, centennial celebrations will take place in Haapsalu, on 21 February in Narva, on 22 February in Viljandi and smaller communities, on 23 February in Pärnu, and on 24 February in Tallinn, Paide and Tartu.

Events on 24 February will begin with a ceremonial flag-raising ceremony at Toompea Castle, followed by the armed forces parade on Freedom Square. On the same day, a celebratory religious service will be held in Paide, and the Independence Day reception hosted by the President of the Republic will be held in Tartu, at the Estonian National Museum.

A synopsis of all the centennial week events can be found here www.ev100.ee/et/ev100-sunnipaevanadal.

The 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will be celebrated from April 2017 through February 2020. The Centennial has two heightened celebratory periods – the grand centennial week of 19-25 February and the big summer week of 18-25 August. Additional information concerting all events: www.ev100.ee.

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