Updated: Fri 29.Jan 2016
Christmas – Estonia
Our members have enjoyed the Christmas time with memorable and heartfelt get-togethers.
Alpha chapter celebrated the Second Advent on December 7 at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. This event was organized in cooperation with the Estonian Association of Teachers of Civics and this organization has become our new friend and potential cooperation partner for future.
We had an opportunity to listen to organ music performed by Toomas Trass, who also explained us, how a baroque organ sounds and he also analysed the painting by Jyri Arrak on the wings of the instrument.
We had a very special visitor - His Excellency Father Philippe Jourdain, the nuncio of the Pope in Estonia who kindly shared his stories about advent and Christmas traditions in his native country. He also explained the meaning of morals in modern times and their role in development of personality.
Afterwards there was time for a cup of coffee and a good chat about plans for the coming year. Everybody went home with a very special feeling, and blessings from a very special person.
A crisp and sunny December morning welcomed sisters of DKG Estonia in Pärnu where Beta chapter hosted the get-together.
It started off with a guided tour along the Bastion track of the ancient fortress-city of 17th century, and con
tinued at Pärnu Museum where we could watch one of the well-known Swedish customs the candlelit Lucia procession with girls and boys from Noarootsi Gymnasium* clad in white full-length gowns singing songs in Swedish. Next we visited the exhibition “Winter holidays – Fantasy Town”, introducing winter traditions of different cultures that have historically resided in Pärnu County – we could admire wonderfully reconstructed authentic huts at Christmas time and were delighted to recognize familiar items, textiles and Christmas cards from our childhood. After that we had a festive Christmas dinner at the Museum Café, enjoying each other’s company, sharing beautiful memories from the year 2013 and discussing the plans for the coming year. This heart-warming tradition, which has lasted for four years, has always been longed-for.
*Noarootsi is a parish which was subjected to the Swedish rule in the 16-17th century