Time-bound we burn into ashes
Transience makes our bones moulder
Yet in the meantime we let no one
order us about
Words by prolific and much-loved poet and singer-songwriter Kristiina Ehin from her poetry collection ‘On the Edge of a Sword’ (Arc Publications, 2018) to introduce today’s #time4estonia.
It’s time to talk about independence, freedom, unity, belonging, national symbols… things that describe a
RIIK = state, country
Most, if not all, countries have a national anthem. But did you know that Estonians and Finns share the same melody for their national anthem?
This melody was originally written in 1848 by Fredrik Pacius, a Finnish composer of German origin. The Estonian lyrics were written by Johann Valdemar Jannsen and it was first performed at the very first Estonian Song Festival in June 1869.
“My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy” became the national anthem of Estonia in 1920. Although formerly forbidden and replaced by another one during the Soviet rule, Estonians could still hear their beloved anthem by tuning in to Finnish radio stations.
Please listen it here: http://www.estonica.org/…/audio/89/8944486338-eesti_hymn.mp3
Now, please join the Scottish journalist Lesley Riddoch at her very first visit to Estonia during the independence day celebration in Tallinn on the 24th of February 2020.
#time4estonia is Mon – Fri 4pm Estonian Embassy in London Facebook series where you can discover Estonian artists, writers, musicians, architecture, cities, museums, galleries, nature etc. We will give you a hint of Estonian language (eesti keel [ˈeːsti ˈkeːl]), our humour and Estonian spirit.