Symbolic statues in Estonian cities will be given blue, black, and white scarves and hats for the centenary of the countryPublished: 15.02.2018

On Thursday, 22 February, more than 20 well-known sculptures will be given blue, black, and white scarves and hats for the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. Similar scarves will be given to the photo sculptures of 14 former State Elders.

Tartu sümbolkuju "Suudlevad tudengid". Foto: pixabay.com

‘This event will take the celebrations of the centenary of Estonia across the country. Scarves and hats in the colours of our flag can already be seen on well-known sculptures in the early morning of 22 February, said Margus Kasterpalu, Head of Major Events of Estonia 100 of the Government Office.

20 well-known sculptures all over Estonia will be given scarves or hats: Suudlevad tudengid (Kissing Students, Tartu), Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald (Võru), Jakob Hurt (Tartu and Põlva), Karl August Hermann (Põltsamaa), Kalaga poiss (Boy With A Fish, Haapsalu), Hääletaja (The Hitchhiker, Paide), Kalevipoeg (Tartu), Rootsi lõvi (The Swedish Lion, Narva), Tarvas (Rakvere), Hämarik (Dusk, Tallinn), Nipernaadi (Valga), Kristjan Jaak Peterson (Tartu), Linda (Tallinn), Lydia Koidula (Pärnu), Noormees jalgrattaga muusikat kuulamas (Young man on bicycle listening to music, Rakvere), Johan Laidoner (Viljandi), Au tööle (Glory to Work, Kohtla-Järve), Inimene ja kosmos (Human and Space, Sillamäe), Rapla linna pea (Head of Rapla, Rapla), and General Tõnisson (Jõhvi).

Margus Kasterpalu added that if people wish, they could knit scarves or hats in national colours for other sculptures near their homes. “There is still plenty of time. However, this should be coordinated with the local government,” he said.

As a show of respect, members of the Government of the Republic will visit the birthplaces of 14 former State Elders, placing blue, black, and white scarves around the photo sculptures. “This is a gesture to the statesmen of the past who brought the Republic of Estonia from 1918 to today,” said Toomas Kiho, Head of the Steering Group of Estonia 100. “All residents of the area and representatives of local governments are welcome at the honouring ceremony.”

In 2018, the Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th anniversary. The centenary week of Estonia 100 on 19–25 February will bring the celebrations all over Estonia and beyond. The programme is available at ev100.ee/en/estonia-100-centennial-week

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