Flag hoisting ceremony to mark Estonian tricolor's 136th anniversary

The original Estonian flag from 1884 was moved to its permanent future home at the new Estonian National Museum. Sept. 15, 2016. Source: (Aili Vahtla/Private library)

In celebration of the 136th anniversary of the flag of Estonia on Thursday, June 4, all state and local government authorities and legal persons governed by public law are to hoist the Estonian flag to mark the occasion.

Everyone else is also invited to hoist the Estonian flag as the symbol of our state, culture and consciousness, spokespeople for the government said.

The tricolor's anniversary will be celebrated in accordance with the restrictions currently in force in Tallinn, Tartu, Otepää and elsewhere in Estonia.

The ceremony of raising the national flag in the Governor's Garden at Toompea will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

The flag hoisting units of societies, associations and schools have been invited to attend the event.

Speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas, chairman of the Estonian Flag Association Jüri Trei and the head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Archbishop Urmas Viilma, will speak at the ceremony. Music will be provided by the orchestra of the Estonian defense forces.

Estonia's first blue-black-and-white flag will be on display at the Estonian National Museum with special guided tours scheduled for 4 p.m. on June 4 and 2 p.m. on June 6. A film program dedicated to the anniversary of the flag has also been organized.

National Flag Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the consecration of the blue-black-and-white flag of the Estonian Students' Society. The first blue-black-and-white flag was made in spring 1884, and was blessed and consecrated at Otepää parsonage on June 4. 


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