As part of Estonia 100 centenary week, scarves are being tied on well-known sculptures all over EstoniaPublished: 22.02.2018

On Thursday 22 February, the Estonia 100 celebrations will reach places all over Estonia. More than 20 famous sculptures and 14 "photo sculptures" of former Heads of State will receive blue, black and white scarves or hats for the 100th anniversary of the indepencende of the Republic of Estonia. Today, one hundred years ago, the Salvation Committee decided to send copies of "The Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia" (the Declaration of Independence), to various Estonian cities in the hope that it would be declared publicly.

"On 22 February 1918, the Salvation Committee attempted to travel to Tartu to make the Independence Manifesto public, but unfortunately they did not succeed. This prompted statesmen to send copies of the Estonian Independence Manifesto to other cities, in the hope that there would be an opportunity to declare the independence of the Republic of  Estonia elsewhere," Margus Kasterpalu, Head of Estonia 100 Major Events at the Government Office explained. "This is the reason for the blue, black and white wave and major events starting all over Estonia today".

On the fourth day of Estonia's centenary week, at least 20 sculptures of well-known figures will receive blue, black and white scarves and hats for the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Several local governments have also joined the project. 14 "photo sculptures" of former Heads of State will also receive blue, black and white scarves. The idea is the brainchild of artist Marceau Couve along with KAOS architects. The scarves and hats were knitted by the Põlva Handicraft Club, Hiiumaa Handicraft Society and Tallinn Non-Profit Organisation Omaabi Knitting Masters, as well as by Uljas & Daughters machine knitters.

· At 10:00, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will raise the first flag atop the former dairy smokestack a.k.a. "Mulgi Lighthouse" in Mustla, which has been renovated as an official flagpole. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Chairman of Viljandi's Municipality Council Kaupo Kase and the Governor of Viljandi Municipality Alar Karu will speak.

· At 11:00, the Government of the Republic's visiting session will be hosted by Viljandi Gymnasium.

· At 13:00, the Estonia 100 centenary stamp, printed on the thin silver foil, will be presented at Viljandi Gymnasium. The stamp's nominal value is 10 euros.

· At 16:00, an official flag raising ceremony will take place at the top of the Tartu Water Tower. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas will speak.

· At 17:00 in Mustla, the opening ceremony of the "Mulgi Lighthouse" and a procession to the Mustla War of Independence memorial will take place.

· At 18:00, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will make the traditional pre-Independence Day speech at the Tartu Vanemuine Theatre.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the anniversary of independence will be celebrated for the first time as an entire week of events. The larger centres where major centenary week events will take place from 19-25 February include Tallinn, Haapsalu, Narva, Viljandi, Pärnu, Paide and Tartu. An overview of the centenary week programme can be found at

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