i fucking hate how nervous people make me like i can’t even walk down the road without feeling judged and that is just ridiculous
Today starts the 26th Estonian Song Celebration (Laulupidu), a unique event which brings together a huge choir of 25,000 people every five years for a weekend in July. More than 100,000 people enjoy the concerts and sing along to the most popular songs. I sang in one of the festivals too when I was like 14 years old.
Song and dance celebrations are an old and very important tradition for Estonia and Estonians (the first song celebration took place in 1869 and the first dance celebration in 1934). After WWII, during the Soviet occupation, the song celebrations helped to keep the national identity alive. In 1988, several hundred thousand people gathered at the Song Festival grounds and sang for freedom for many days and nights. The Singing Revolution helped to end the Soviet rule and indirectly led to restoration of independence in 1991.