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We wish all our readers a happy Jaanipäev!
History of Jaanipäev
Midsummer, or St. John's Day, Jaanipäev, as it is known in Estonian, is one of the oldest local celebrations.
Originating in ancient folk traditions, St. John's Day marks the beginning of the season for haymaking. The day was celebrated long before the arrival of Christianity in Estonia, and although the celebration received a Christian-origin name, pagan traditions are still alive and well today.
Additionally, since 1919, Midsummer celebrations have coincided with those of Victory Day, commemorating Estonian and Latvian forces' defeat of German-led Baltische Landeswehr troops, at the Battle of Cesis, in Latvia, (Võnnu, in Estonian), on June 23. The victory came as part of the 1918-1920 Estonian War of Independence.
Editor: Helen Wright, Andrew Whyte