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Faces of Estonia

Meet ‘Faces of Estonia’! Let BCD introduce you to Estonians who welcomed us across the country, from the capital of Tallinn, to the islands of Muhu, Saaremaa and Kihnu, to the port of Parnu, the culture capital of Tartu, the shores of Lake Peipsi, and Seto Kingdom in the southeastern corner. BCD's slide show is set to the incredibly moving song "Ta Lendab Mesipuu Poole," sung at Estonia's XXIVth Song Festival, held every five years and drawing hundreds of thousands. Estonia’s longstanding choral culture inspired their 1991 ‘Singing Revolution' and break from the Soviet Union. See the faces of the locals and understand just how much music and singing means to this group of people.

Faces of Estonia

Maria Michelson on Rich Cultural Traditions of Kihnu Estonia

Do you feel there is something special & different about island life? Then you'll connect with this powerful Q & A with Estonian anthropologist who shares the unique culture, heritage and ancient practices of remote Kihnu Island, as well as reflecting on our shared human need for balance. Kihnu's cultural traditions are inscribed on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity--read to find out why!

Maria Michelson on Rich Cultural Traditions of Kihnu Estonia

Estonia’s Onion Route & Old Believers

On the shores of Lake Peipsi in southeastern Estonia, the Old Believers live on the Onion Route; the history behind their chief crop on the Russian/Estonia border has roots in religious reforms. The Old Believer faith is in rich in traditions: clean & dirty sides of the house, sweet tea ceremony, patterns that tell life stories, symbolic grave markers & cherished Slavonic texts.

Estonia’s Onion Route & Old Believers