St. Catherine’s Day
24 November 2019 11 a.m - 16 p.m
In Estonian folk calendar St. Catherine’s Day marks the beginning of indoor activities. Women as well as men dressed in beautiful white clothes, with their cheeks painted red with beetroot go trick-or-treating, i.e. collecting gifts in return for songs and blessings. At the Estonian Open Air Museum you can get ready for St. Catherine’s Day: prepare masks, get to know about traditions and taste St. Catherine’s Day dishes.
Making St. Catherine’s Day masks at Kuie School
St. Catherine’s beggars (trick-or-treaters) are opposites of spooky and dirty St. Martin’s beggars, as they are attractive and wear light-coloured clothing. At Kuie School you can make a beautiful St. Catherine’s mask and get to know what costumes St. Catherine’s beggars have worn throughout the years.
Wool processing and stories about beggars at Sepa farm
On St. Catherine’s Day women started doing their indoor chores, carding wool and spinning yarn. St. Catherine’s beggars used to check on the progress of their work and brought good luck in sheep raising.
Sepa housewife continues to process wool and explains about St. Catherine’s beggars. She will tell you why their visit has been eagerly anticipated.
St. Catherine’s Day dishes on Härjapea farm
The housewife of Härjapea is making mashed potatoes with pearl barley. She is also baking cookies to be given as gifts for St. Catherine’s beggars.
You can purchase candy for the beggars at Lau Village Shop. Kolu Inn serves tasty traditional dishes.
Come visit Setu farm and Russian house from Lake Peipus, where the housewives are living according to the Old calendar, baking pancakes (blinis) and making samovar tea.