St. Martin’s Day (Mardipäev) November 10
One of the most important holidays in the rural calendar, St. Martin’s Day traditionally marks the end of the autumn season and is basically the Estonian version of Thanksgiving. On the previous evening young folks put on costumes and go door to door, performing and begging for treats.
On November 10th (2019), Estonian Open Air Museum holds a special event ‘Preparations for St.Martin‘s Day‘ where you can learn about the customs of St. Martin’s Day and make a beggar’s mask for yourself.
St. Catherine’s Day (Kadripäev) November 25
The female version of Mardipäev and also features similar activities. Instead of animal masks however, revellers of both genders dress as women. Don’t ask, don‘t tell. All in all just good old-fashioned fun.
But if you want to find out more, and take part of the fun, join the celebrations of St.Catherine‘s Day at Estonian Open Air Museum on November 24th (2019).