The Estonians love their flag which is flown proudly on the many official flag days during the year, be it independence day, midsummer, mothers day, estonian language day or simply ‘just because’….! Who can blame them when during the long, hard years of Soviet rule the Estonian flag was forbidden. Many Estonians kept their flags hidden under floorboards or in attics for many years until the unforgettable occasion during the ‘singing revolution’ when one bold soul rode by the crowds at the festival ground on his motorbike carrying the flag for everyone to see. This was the cue that everyone was waiting for and suddenly thousands of estonian flags appeared throughout the crowd flown for the first time in 50 years…what a moment that must have been for those who had waited so long!
I can’t say I have ever been so patriotic, be it because of my mixed blood, or simply because our generation hasn’t had to fight for it’s freedom in quite the same way. There was one occasion when my husband did fly the english flag from our apartment window which aroused a lot of interest amongst the locals who assumed it must be an important day on the English national calendar, only to be told that it was in fact England’s turn to play in the European cup!
Estonians love nature and even their flag is taken from the colours of the surrounding countryside. During the winter months the crisp blue sky, black trees and swathes of bright white, untouched snow that enfolds the country, all contribute to the colours of the Estonian tricolor. Beautiful.
I love this little token to the flag on a snow pole…