Families of Estonia



Each nationality has its own traditions and customs for celebrations and ceremonies, and each of them is beautiful and unusual. The most important event in a person’s life is a wedding, when a person decides to start a new independent life and start a family.

In Estonia, as in other countries, too, has its own traditions for weddings and they are beautiful and interesting. Estonian weddings are held according to traditions, which have been kept for centuries and depart from them, means to lose touch with their history, with the history of the people and the country.


Dowry for their daughters in Estonia begins to be prepared when the girls are at a very young age and attention is paid to the dowry even more when the girl is going to marry. The collection of the dowry acquires a large-scale event, in which all the relatives and girlfriends of the bride herself take part.

The wedding in Estonia is quite lengthy and can last several days. Before the bride herself is a very serious task: she needs to prepare gifts for all her relatives and gifts should be beautiful and original.

The dowry of a bride in Estonia consists simply of an incredibly large number of things, stockings, mittens, belts and bandages, and it takes a very long time to collect all this. Because of this, the bride has to take helpers.

Wedding dresses of the bride in Estonia is also an individuality, because up to now the wedding dress was presented in an old style with all the necessary national elements. In different parts of Estonia, the traditions of the wedding ceremony have developed.

In one district during the whole wedding ceremony, the bride can dress up the wedding dress three times, and each time the outfit should have distinctive features: each next outfit must be made in a later style than the previous one.

In other areas, girls wear headbands before their marriage, and after the wedding, a wedding wreath or cap is put on the head of the girl, as a sign that now the girl is the legal wife. Laying on the head of a girl a cap or wreath is accompanied by special rituals.

Estonian women always wear jewelry, and decorations for the bride take on a new meaning. To the choice of jewelry for the wedding proceed very carefully, because they must protect the girl from spoilage and evil eye.

A groom can present to his bride a complete set of jewelry for the wedding and for every day as a gift, in order to show how he cares about his future wife.

During the holidays in Estonia, women wear more expensive jewelry. These can be silver beads, expensive brooches. If a woman can not afford such an ornament, then she has the opportunity to take the jewelry in debt.

The last day of the wedding in Estonia will be marked by the distribution of gifts, which are bestowed upon all the relatives of the groom. Usually a large chest is brought into the room, full of gifts and they start distributing them.

This is a grandiose event, considering that on both sides there are quite a large number of relatives, and everyone needs to pick up a special gift, valuable and unique.

This is only a small part of those traditions that are followed during the wedding ceremony. For each individual district of Estonia, additional ceremonies can be applied or slightly modified in accordance with the terrain.

There are very few weddings at present, during which the bride can dress up the wedding dress three times, because it is quite difficult and takes a lot of time. Young people already have a strong excitement during the marriage.

Most of the rituals in Estonia are currently observed in rural areas, while in the city of the wedding they are somewhat different, easier and in a modern style.Although no bride has yet refused to wear wedding dresses in the spirit of a national costume, despite the fact that any wedding attire can now be purchased.

From all this it follows that a wedding in Estonia requires a fairly large financial investment, because you have to spend a lot of money on gifts for all relatives. However, because of this, Estonians prepare for this event in advance, gradually collecting the dowry and preparing various gifts.

The wedding party consists of both parties: the bride and groom. In order to hold a wedding, which lasts for several days, according to all traditions, one should not stint.

The parents of the bride and groom in Estonia are obliged to their children to make expensive and good gifts. First of all, it is important for parents to provide a new family with a separate dwelling and, as usual, the groom’s side should be engaged in this.

Generally, a man most often tries to prepare a sufficient material base before deciding to marry, in order to have the opportunity to bring a young wife into a new house where she will be the mistress.


However, if there are no such opportunities, parents will never refuse to help, and they will do everything possible to ensure that the young family does not need anything at first until they can get on their feet and provide for themselves.

If, however, it happens that neither the parents nor the young couple have the opportunity to purchase a separate dwelling, they can stay for a while in the parents’ house until they have acquired their own separate dwelling.

Estonians now began to marry a little later, because they set themselves the primary goal of providing themselves with material respect and only then think about starting a family.

This is important for a man, because every Estonian should make the life of his wife and his children so that there is always prosperity in her.

Parents do not refuse to help their children, but still young people try to become more independent, and in order to become independent, it is necessary to get a good education, which allows finding a prestigious job.



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