June 23, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
“Times of prosperity”
Throughout history, Midsummer’s Eve has been one of the most important and joyful holidays for Estonians. This is the time when the nature is at its most potent, and thousands of bonfires are lit all over the country to celebrate the onset of the summer and attract good luck. Midsummer bonfires have always been lit in Estonian villages regardless of the weather or political system.
In 2021, the Midsummer festivities at the Estonian Open Air Museum will take visitors back in time to three prosperous periods in Estonian history. The celebrations to look for are the 1900 agricultural show where folk songs, dances and games take place, leaded by the folk ensemble Leigarid. Visitors can take part in the festivities of the celebrations of the Victory Day in 1937, where brass music is played and Culture Society of the village has prepared a grand performance. The third time leap will take us to a 1979 kolkhoz Midsummer’s party.
Everyone can enjoy singing and dancing on the Swing Square with marvellous sea view to the music played by the band “Kukerpillid“. Different Midsummer’s Eve traditions are introduced in the museum’s farmhouses.