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17.04.22
Events

Easter

Adult fee 10 €
Discount fee 8 €
Family fee 18 €
Activities on farms from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, culminates the Lent and stands for the beginning of spring. Nature has finally awakened from her winter slumber and flaunts pretty flowers as well as trees with tender young leaves. This is the time when you can eat meat again, have fun swinging and play egg tapping. Come to the Open Air Museum to celebrate Easter!


Eastern Orthodox Christians and Old Believers will still be observing the seven-week Great Lent, which started at the end of the Shrovetide week, and this year their Easter falls on 24 April. Vanatalo Seto farm and Russian house from Peipus is where you can see what life was like for Setos and Old believers during the Great Lent, what they ate, and which activities were considered proper or not.

 

PROGRAMME


Egg hunt

The tradition of hiding dyed easter eggs in the yard for kids to have an exciting egg hunt on Easter morning really took off in Estonian rural families of 1930s. Children were told that the eggs had been left outside the house by Easter Bunny. Well, Easter Bunny secretly roamed our museum in the night, too, and left some Easter eggs for visitors to find on Sepa farm, Härjapea farm and in the yard of Kuie school. There are ten eggs hidden in each location. Count the number of eggs of each colour! If you find them all and know the right answer, the farmwife will give you a sweet treat.

 

Kolu inn - dyeing eggs, ukulele concert and bird-watching tour

The innkeeper and his folks have cooked plenty of Easter dishes and will be happy to serve them to you.

At 13.00: Ukulele and rhythm instrument concert by the students of Tallinn Kopli Hobby School in the stables hall of the inn.

 

In front of the inn – egg dyeing

Next to the fire pit in front of the inn, you can join in and dye some Easter eggs, which will be especially fancy if you use onion skins. After all the eggs have been prepared for dyeing, we will put them in a large pot and simmer them for a while, and our beautiful maroon eggs with speckles will be ready!  

At 12.00 and 14.00: start of a fascinating bird-watching tour with Tallinn Bird Club in front of the inn.

 

Härjapea farm – Easter foods

The women have laid a gorgeous festive table in the living room. They are still making some of the celebration highlights, using recipes from the magazine Taluperenaine. You can ask for a copy of a recipe you like!

 

Sutlepa chapel – the service

Easter service at 15.00

 

Lau village shop

To celebrate the occasion, send a postcard to your loved ones. The village shop is where you can buy period postcards as well as sweets and snacks.

 

Kuie school – swinging songs, crafts, Easter egg beauty pageant and egg tapping

In the kitchen of the school, you can see how to make postcards or one-egg baskets.

 

Fun activities in the classroom:

There is an Easter egg beauty pageant. Vote for the prettiest Easter egg or bring yours to take part! You can vote for your favourite egg until 14.30, the winner will be announced at 14.45. There will be prizes for winners!

 

At 13.00 and 14.00 Leanne Barbo will be teaching visitors to sing swinging songs so that you can go and sing them at the village swings just like they did in the old times.

At 15.00: grand egg tapping competition in the classroom.

 

Kolkhoz apartment building – crafts and chocolate-covered raisins

Chocolates and chocolate eggs became popular Easter treats and gifts in 1960s. Instead of dyed eggs, marzipan eggs or other marzipan figures were used for ‘egg-hunting’. In the apartment of 1978, the hostess will be making chocolate-covered raisins.


Twigs with young buds and willow catkins are great materials for making a variety of decorations to give your home a breath of fresh spring mood. You can see how to make decorations from natural materials in the 2019 apartment.


Sepa farm – making garters and playing games

Easter is also the beginning of the swinging season in Southern Estonia. Girls would make mittens or garters and churn butter which would be given to ‘swing masters’ (and garters look great when tied to the swing). The farmwife will be teaching visitors to make garters.

There will be lots of fun and laughter in the farm yard, where visitors can compete in the skills of ‘egg rolling’ or ‘rooster style boxing’.

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Eastern Orthodox Christians and Old Believers will still be observing the seven-week Great Lent, which started at the end of the Shrovetide week, and this year their Easter falls on 24 April. The Great Lent is primarily not about dietary restrictions but about cleansing your soul. When your stomach is full of meat, the body will be too busy digesting, and you will not be able to pray or reflect about God. Fasting, on the other hand, helps the spirit stay alert.

 

Russian house from Peipus – crossword and the traditions of the Great Lent

The farmwife will be telling visitors about specific Lent traditions among Old Believers and making yeast batter pancakes appropriate for eating during the Lent. In the yard, you can see cute baby goats, and farm animals are the topic of the crossword you can ask from the farmwife. Solve it and get a small prize!

 

Seto farm – fermented mushroom salad and the traditions of the Great Lent

In the autumn, Setos would forage for mushrooms and ferment them with salt to use during the Lent. The farmwife will be making a salad of onions and fermented mushrooms while you can listen to her talking about what Eastern Orthodox Setos ate during the Great Lent.

 

Sponsors and partners: EGGO, Tere, Tallinn Bird Club and Tallinn Kopli Hobby School. 



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