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Gallery: Haapsalu raises Estonian flag on 136th anniversary

A flag raising ceremony in the western Estonian town of Haapsalu marked the Estonian blue, black and white tricolor's 136th anniversary Thursday morning.

All state and local government authorities, and legal persons governed by public law, are to hoist the Estonian flag to mark the occasion on June 4.

Ceremonies are to be held in accordance with remaining restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tallinn, Tartu, Otepää – the birthplace of the Estonian flag – as well as Haapsalu.

The ceremony in the capital, Tallinn, started at 7 a.m.

The original Estonian flag is on display at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) in Tartu, with special guided tours scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, plus one at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, with a film program dedicated to the anniversary also on offer.

National Flag Day marks the anniversary of consecration of the first blue-black-and-white flag of the Estonian Students' Society, which was put together in spring 1884 and blessed and consecrated at Otepää parsonage the following June 4.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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