Beautiful Estonia is at its best in the snows of the New Year season. The holiday season in Estonia, often called Yuletide, starts with St. Thomas’ day on December 21st and ends with Epiphany on January 6th.
This has traditionally been a time of great fun and amusement. Estonians celebrate the New Year by decorating villages; visiting friends and preparing lavish meals that symbolize having sufficient food during the coming year. Various New Year Traditions in Estonia are handed down from to generation to generation. Check out some of the funny New Year Traditions in Estonia.
Number 7, 9 and 12 are the lucky numbers of the Estonians. There goes a belief that people should eat 7, 9 or even 12 times on the New Year day. This ensures abundant food in the coming year. If a person eats seven times, he is supposed to have the strength of seven men the following year. Foods should not be consumed entirely instead some residue should be left out for the ancestors and spirits who would visit the house on New Year’s Eve.
Traditional New Year food is pork with sauerkraut or Estonian sauerkraut (mulgikapsad), baked potatoes and Swedes with hog’s head, white and blood sausage. Potato salad with navy beet and pate form the delectable vegetarian item. Gingerbread and marzipan are very popular for the dessert. Traditional New Year drink includes beer or mead, but mulled wine and champagne has become modern favorites.