SHROVETIDE

  • Adult fee 7 €

    Discount fee 5 €

    Family fee 14 €

February 11-13, 2018

On Shrove Tuesday, also known as ‘sledging day’, we will be saying good-bye to the winter and having a blast at the winter celebration which marks the beginning of the Lenten period.  This means enjoying hearty and fatty food, taking part in winter amusements, making a bone spinner and partying! Do join us and have a good long slide down the slope to make sure that the new year brings health and luck!

 

This year Estonian Open Air Museum celebrates Shrove Tuesday on 11–13 February, when you can take part in traditional activities and see the customs of this day on our farms. On Tuesday, 13 February (the Shrove Tuesday proper) festivities will culminate in a party and a performance by the bands “Lõõtsavägilased” and "Söepõletajad".

 

 

SUNDAY (11.02)

Shrove Tuesday, spin, spin!

Activities at farms at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sledging slope and Kolu Inn at 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Sassi-Jaani farm yard

Sassi-Jaani farm yard is where all the fun starts! Here you can play good old Shrove Tuesday games, chasing away a ball made of rags (‘kada’) to banish bad things from the land or letting ‘pigs’ (round pieces of wood) out to the field. Friends of the Estonian Open Air Museum are serving hot tea in the summer kitchen.

 

Härjapea farm

The hostess of Härjapea farm will be making festive sweets, using 1930s recipes. Shrove Tuesday was also considered to be the ‘women’s day’, so the girls of Härjapea farm will be sharing the most popular beauty tips dating back to that period.

 

Sepa farm

The hostess of Sepa farm will be talking about Shrove Tuesday traditions and teaching visitors to weave colorful ribbons.

 

Lau village shop

Lau village shop is where visitors can buy the goods of the period of the ‘first republic’. Shrove Tuesday was the day to take special care of one’s hair, which was believed to grow really long and strong if cut on this day and combed at least seven times during the day. Hairdos of the period will be displayed in the living quarters of Lau village shop, and there will be workshops on doing delicate plaits. 

 

Kuie school

What has six legs and leaves two footprints? The school mistress at Kuie school will be waiting for you with some fun riddles to ask.

After pig trotters, a traditional Shrove Tuesday dish, have been eaten, there is a number of bones left. In the school dining room, the teacher will be showing visitors how to make spinners of pig bones and ‘wind rabbits’ of cardboard. New toys can be tried out right in the classroom; feel free to spin your spinner and make your wind rabbit run by blowing air on it. The one whose spinner is the loudest can be sure that their pigs will be especially strong and healthy in the coming year.

 

Köstriaseme farm

Do you know what flax plant looks like and how it is processed to become flax fibres? The family of Köstriaseme will be showing visitors the process of flax processing, which is several centuries old.

 

Kolu inn

Kolu inn will be serving delicious Shrove Tuesday foods: pig trotters, pea soup and buns filled with whipped cream. In the barn there will be a large white canvas, where every guest can leave their image of “My home”. The canvas will be put on public display in Kolu inn on 24 February.

 

At 2 p.m., dancing group KOIT is giving a performance about a girl who spends 100 years travelling around the world and then comes to Kihnu Island, where she finds the feeling of home and learns to appreciate it again.

 

Windmills hill

If the weather is wintery and good, a sledging slope and ice merry-go-round can be found on windmills’ hill. Old folk wisdom says that a long slide guarantees wealth for the household in the coming year.

 

Setu farm as well as the Russian house from Peipus will be open, but their busy hostesses will be celebrating the eve of the Lent on Maslenitsa by the ‘old’ (Julian) calendar, on 17 February.  

 

Horse sled rides for visitors: in areas without any hills people would go on horse sled rides instead of sliding down a slope: the longer the ride, the longer flax plants would grow, which, in its turn, meant that the family would be well-off for the whole year

 

 

MONDAY (12.02)

Activities at farms at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Härjapea farm

The hostess of Härjapea farm will be making festive sweets, using 1930s recipes.

 

Sepa farm

The hostess of Sepa farm will be talking about Shrove Tuesday traditions and teaching visitors how to make spinners.

 

Windmills hill

If the weather is wintery and good, a sledging slope and ice merry-go-round can be found on windmills’ hill. Old folk wisdom says that a long slide guarantees wealth for the household in the coming year.

 

Kolu inn

Kolu inn will be serving delicious Shrove Tuesday foods: pig trotters, pea soup and buns filled with whipped cream. In the barn there will be a large white canvas, where every guest can leave their image of “My home”. The canvas will be put on public display in Kolu inn on 24 February.

 

Setu farm as well as the Russian house from Peipus will be open, but their busy hostesses will be celebrating the eve of the Lent on Maslenitsa by the ‘old’ (Julian) calendar, on 17 February. 

 

Horse sled rides for visitors: in areas without any hills people would go on horse sled rides instead of sliding down a slope: the longer the ride, the longer flax plants would grow, which, in its turn, meant that the family would be well-off for the whole year

 

 

TUESDAY (13.02)

Shrove Tuesday: have fun!

Activities at farms at 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sledging slope and Kolu Inn at 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 

Sassi-Jaani farm yard

Sassi-Jaani farm yard is the place to participate in merry outdoor and Shrove Tuesday games. Hot herbal tea is offered at the summer kitchen to keep warm.

 

Nätsi windmill

An old saying goes that there is no staying at home on Shrove Tuesday. Visitors can try their skills at winter sports next to Nätsi windmill even if there is no snow.

 

Härjapea farm

The hostess of Härjapea farm will be making festive sweets, using 1930s recipes. Shrove Tuesday was also considered to be the ‘women’s day’, so the girls of Härjapea farm will be sharing the most popular beauty tips dating back to that period.

 

Sepa farm

The hostess of Sepa farm will be talking about Shrove Tuesday traditions and teaching visitors to weave colorful ribbons. In the yard, you can cut a round off a log and use it in one of Shrove Tuesday games as a ‘pig’, which you have to ‘chase away’ into the forest. 

 

Kuie school

What has six legs and leaves two footprints? The school mistress at Kuie school will be waiting for you with some fun riddles to ask.

After pig trotters, a traditional Shrove Tuesday dish, have been eaten, there is a number of bones left. In the school dining room, the teacher will be showing visitors how to make spinners of pig bones and ‘wind rabbits’ of cardboard. New toys can be tried out right in the classroom; feel free to spin your spinner and make your wind rabbit run by blowing air on it. The one whose spinner is the loudest can be sure that their pigs will be especially strong and healthy in the coming year.

 

Köstriaseme farm

Do you know what flax plant looks like and how it is processed to become flax fibres? The family of Köstriaseme will be showing visitors the process of flax processing, which is several centuries old.

 

Kolu inn

Kolu inn will be serving delicious Shrove Tuesday foods: pig trotters, pea soup and buns filled with whipped cream. In the barn there will be a large white canvas, where every guest can leave their image of “My home”. The canvas will be put on public display in Kolu inn on 24 February.

 

Shrove Tuesday Party at 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A fun party in Kolu Inn will be the conclusion of Shrove Tuesday celebrations, featuring performances by the folk bands "Lõõtsavägilased" and "Söepõletajad" and Dance Club "Koit".

 

Windmills hill

If the weather is wintery and good, a sledging slope and ice merry-go-round can be found on windmills’ hill. Old folk wisdom says that a long slide guarantees wealth for the household in the coming year.

 

Lau village shops

Lau village shop welcomes visitors and sells goods of the period of the ‘first republic’. 

 

Setu farm shed

If you feel that your legs are tired of Shrove Tuesday games and partying, Setu farm shed is where you can sit down and watch film clips about Shrove Tuesday and winter season.

 

Setu farm as well as the Russian house from Peipus will be open, but their busy hostesses will be celebrating the eve of the Lent on Maslenitsa by the ‘old’ (Julian) calendar, on 17 February. 

 

Horse sled rides for visitors: in areas without any hills people would go on horse sled rides instead of sliding down a slope: the longer the ride, the longer flax plants would grow, which, in its turn, meant that the family would be well-off for the whole year

 

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Getting here:

By car: free parking at the museum main gate car park.

Public transport: buses 21 and 21B stop at the museum’s main gate (stop Rocca al Mare). Or take bus 22, 42, 43 and get off at the Zoo stop; the museum is a 15 minute walk away along the seaside road. Back to the city centre takes bus nr 41 or 41B. For public transport timetables, visit soiduplaan.tallinn.ee