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Public holidays in Estonia

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Public holidays in Estonia

All official holidays in Estonia are established by acts of Parliament.

Public holidays

The following are holidays that mean days off:
Date English Name Estonian Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day uusaasta
February 24 Independence Day iseseisvuspäev National Day – celebrates the declaration of independence in 1918.
Moveable Friday Good Friday suur reede
Moveable Sunday Easter Sunday ülestõusmispühade 1. püha Commonly known as lihavõtted.
May 1 Spring Day (May Day) kevadpüha
Moveable Whitsunday (Pentecost) nelipühade 1. püha
June 23 Victory Day võidupüha Celebrates the victory in the Battle of Võnnu during the Estonian War of Independence.
June 24 St. John's Day or Midsummer Day jaanipäev Jaaniõhtu is celebrated in the night before Midsummer Day.
August 20 Day of Restoration of Independence taasiseseisvumispäev Celebrates Estonia's restoration of independence in 1991.
December 24 Christmas Eve jõululaupäev
December 25 Christmas Day esimene jõulupüha
December 26 Boxing Day teine jõulupüha

National Holidays

The following holidays do not give a day off:
Date English Name Estonian Name Remarks
January 6 The Epiphany kolmekuningapäev
February 2 Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty Tartu rahulepingu aastapäev Treaty that ended the Estonian War of Independence
March 14 Native Language Day emakeelepäev Kristjan Jaak Peterson's birthday.
Moveable Sunday Mothers' Day emadepäev Held on the second Sunday of May.
June 4 National Flag Day Eesti lipu päev Date when the Flag of Estonia was first consecrated in 1884.
June 14 Day of Mourning and Commemoration leinapäev Commemorating the victims of Soviet deportations in 1941 and 1949.
August 23 European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism kommunismi ja natsismi ohvrite mälestuspäev Day when the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was signed in 1939.
Moveable Sunday Grandparents Day vanavanemate päev Held on the second Sunday of September.
September 22 Resistance Fighting Day vastupanuvõitluse päev Otto Tief's attempt to restore the Estonian independence in 1944
November 2 All Souls' Day hingedepäev
Moveable Sunday Fathers' Day isadepäev Held on the second Sunday of November.
November 16 Day of Declaration of Sovereignty taassünni päev Estonian Declaration of Sovereignty, which was issued in 1988.


  • Public and National Holidays Act (Estonian)
  • Estonian Holidays in 2014
  • List of holidays celebrated in the European Union in 2006 was used for translation:
    • in Estonian
    • in English
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