SHROVETIDE

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    Discount fee 6 €

    Family fee 16 €

March 3-5, 2019

Do you know why people slide on Shrove Tuesday? Who is Metsik? What are the best traditional winter games? Come to the Estonian Open Air Museum and find out.

 

On March 3, 2019 activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sledging hill and Kolu Inn are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On March 4, 2019 activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sledging hill and Kolu Inn are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On March 5, 2019 activities from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the sledging hill and Kolu Inn are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On March 9, 2019 activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maslenitsa at Seto Farm and Peipus-Russian dwelling

 

SUNDAY (MARCH 3)

Activities on the farms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sledging hill and Kolu Inn are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Köstriaseme farm

Flax plays the most important role in Shrove Tuesday customs – people go sledding and the one with the longest slide can expect the growth of the most beautiful flax fibre in the following summer. The Köstriaseme folks will tell you what a flax plant looks like, how linen thread is made, and why it is so important to work at it.

 

Härjapea farm

The Härjapea housewife follows the recipes from the 1930s to make delicious desserts with lots of butter and cream (in old days, people used to consume a lot of these before the Lent).

The daughters of the family introduce the most popular beauty tips of the time – after all, Shrove Tuesday is a women’s holiday.

 

Jüri-Jaagu farm

You can play traditional Shrovetide games in the Jüri-Jaagu farmyard: slide on wooden skis, drive a bundle of rags (kada) out of the village, or roll the pigs (round pieces of wood) out into the field. Round pancakes symbolising the sun are made in the summer kitchen.

In front of the sauna, the housewife is putting together the figure of Metsik, the Estonian forest fairy, who is supposed to bring good luck to the crops and the cattle. You can tie a string to the man shaped Metsik and make a wish.

At 2:30 p.m., accompanied by singing and making music, the Metsik is taken to the forest from Jüri-Jaagu farm – this will ensure a good year.

 

Kuie School

In addition to eating pig’s trotters, people used to make whirligig spinners from pig bones. You can learn how to make your own spinner at the school. If making a spinner from the bone seems too difficult, you can also make one from cardboard.

 

Sepa farm

Spinning was not allowed on Shrove Tuesday, as otherwise the pigs would not stay in the herd. However, women could braid ribbons and go to the tavern. The Sepa housewife has started to braid ribbons and she is more than happy to teach the visitors as well. Additionally, she will tell stories of how Shrove Tuesday was celebrated in the olden days.

 

Kolu Inn

At 12:30 p.m., song games are played by the children from the Veerik folklore group of the Old Town Music House.

At 1:30 p.m., an exciting folklore programme by the young folk musicians from the winter camp MaailmaOtsas.

 

 

MONDAY(MARCH 4)

Activities on the farms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sledging hill and Kolu Inn are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Härjapea farm

The housewife of Härjapea farm follows the recipes from the year 1933 to make delicious desserts.

 

Sepa farm

The Sepa housewife introduces Shrove Tuesday traditions and teaches how to make a whirligig spinner from a button.

 

Lau village shop

Lau village shop offers period goods of the pre-war Republic of Estonia. There is also a post office from where you can send winter greetings to your friends.

 

 

TUESDAY (MARCH 5)

Activities on the farms from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The sledging hill and Kolu Inn are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Sassi-Jaani farmyard

To make the most of the holiday, come and play funny Shrove Tuesday games in the Sassi-Jaani farmyard: drive a bundle of rags (kada) out of the village, or roll the pigs (round pieces of wood) out into the field.

 

Köstriaseme farm

Flax plays the most important role in Shrove Tuesday customs – people go sledding and the one with the longest slide can expect the growth of the most beautiful flax fibre in the following summer. The Köstriaseme folks will tell you what a flax plant looks like, how linen thread is made, and why it is so important to work at it.

 

Härjapea farm

The Härjapea housewife follows the recipes from the 1930s to make delicious desserts with lots of butter and cream (in olden days, people used to consume a lot of these before the Lent).

The daughters of the family introduce the most popular beauty tips of the time – after all, Shrove Tuesday is a women’s holiday.

 

Nätsi windmill

In cold weather one has to move to keep the body warm. You can go in for winter sports in the old Estonian way.

 

Sepa farm

Spinning was not allowed on Shrove Tuesday, as otherwise the pigs would not stay in the herd. However, women could braid ribbons and go to the tavern. The Sepa housewife has started to braid ribbons and she is more than happy to teach the visitors as well. Additionally, she will tell stories of how Shrove Tuesday was celebrated in the olden days.

 

Kuie School

In the dining room, the schoolmaster’s family teaches how to make whirligig spinners from pig bones and cardboard. In the classroom, the schoolmistress entertains you with Shrove Tuesday quizzes.

 

Kolu Inn

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Shrove Tuesday dance

After having spent time on the sledging hill, everybody deserves a good party and dance. This year, we are going to celebrate the 85th birthday of Kristjan Torop, the first leader of the Leigarid folklore ensemble. The so-called Torop Dance in honour of him will take place for the 25th time. The cheerful dancers and musicians of the Leigarid group will perform and teach you to dance. The singers of Leigarid will engage people in traditional games.

 

ON ALL DAYS:

 

Kolu Inn

When was the last time you had Estonian Shrove Tuesday specialities, i.e. pig’s trotters? How about traditional pea soup? Kolu Inn offers hearty Shrove Tuesday meals.

 

Windmills Hill – a sledging slope

A Shrove Tuesday without sliding is like a Midsummer Eve without a bonfire. The one who gets the longest slide can expect the growth of the longest stalks of flax in the coming year. People used to slide on a bag with flaxseed and utter spells to ensure the longest slide.

During the election period, we also recommend all politicians to slide downhill to make sure that the country’s economy will grow and the election promises will be kept.

 

Lau village shop

Lau village shop sells period goods from the 1930s.

 

Seto Farm and the Peipus-Russian Dwelling celebrate Maslenitsa, the eve of the Lent in accordance with the Old Calendar – on March 9. Currently, they celebrate Butter Week.

 

Seto Farm

The Seto housewife is busy cooking rye dumplings. During Butter Week you are supposed to eat a lot of butter to make sure you are healthy and strong in the coming year. Come and try making butter in a churn.

 

Peipus-Russian Dwelling

The housewife introduces the Old Believers’ traditions of tea drinking and offers traditional sugar candy made with cream.

 

Horse-drawn sleigh rides: where there were no hills, people were supposed to ride a horse instead of sledding – the longer the ride, the taller the flax plant in the coming year. The good yield of flax, in turn, ensured the family year-round prosperity.

 


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