All eyes in Estonia were on Narva on Wednesday, which hosted celebrations and events dedicated to the Estonian centennial.
President Kersti Kaljulaid presented this year's recipients with state decorations in a reception held at the University of Tartu Narva College. Gold and silver coins dedicated to the Republic of Estonia's 100th birthday were likewise unveiled.
Around 500 people, including this year's recipients of state decorations, gathered in Town Hall Square for a public celebration which included performances by the Narva Boys' Choir and an orchestra as well as a speech delivered by the president, reported ETV news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera."
Locals were pleased that Narva was chosen as the site of some of this week's most important celebrations.
"It feels amazing, because [Estonia's] birthday has begun, and right here in Narva — this is great," said Urmas Tokman. "And to bring the state here, to the local people — this is very good."
"We have a big jubilee coming up — Estonia 100," said Kristina Ernits. "This doesn't happen every day. And today even Madame President was here. And for the first time in Estonia we have a woman president; I'm really happy about that too."
"This is overwhelming," admitted Jana Bašurova. "I'm so happy that our republic is turning 100 years old. And I am glad that I saw the president."
Following the conclusion of the official program, the Estonian president joined the crowd as well. "It is always so good to be among the people, and I'm glad and feel proud as well," said Kaljulaid. "The people of Estonia are so dear."
For a full list of this year's recipients of state decorations, click here.
Editor: Aili Vahtla