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At 9 a.m. on February 15, more than 75,000 Estonian residents had already declared their taxes since the Tax Board started accepting declarations early on that morning.

partPresentation of the book with Leopold Brauneiss took place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on February 14. From left: Leopold Brauneiss, Arvo Pärt and editor and translator Saale Kareda.  Photo by Postimees

sokkYou're dear (to me). Will you be my Valentine and stand on my mätas (chunk of sod / turf) alongside me? In matching socks? An Estonian's perspective is often described as being from oma mätta otsast – seen from atop his/her piece of sod.

 

Good thing there's the Suva soki/vabrik (sock factory) – since 1919! Otherwise you'd be hard pressed to find any sokid (socks) or põlv/sukad aka põlvikud (knee highs) with writing in Estonian, or sukad (stockings) reflecting the striped patterns of Estonian folk costume skirts and other traditional ornamentation. In recent years, Suva has produced sokid bearing animals of the Chinese lunar calendar.

 

Ahvi/aasta (the year of the monkey) comes to mind, from my own soki/sahtel (sock drawer) with a monkey face on the toes and the text "Ahvi järele!" (Monkey (mimic) me!). Special socks for Father's Day (the first Sunday in November in Estonia and the Nordic countries) are still for sale, such as Armsale issile (For my dear daddy) and Parim isa (the best father).


The original Suva factory building on Põhja puiestee in Tallinn by the Balti jaam train station is slowly being renovated as the new home of the Estonian Academy of Arts; the EKA Rauaniidi hoone (building). Designed by architect Eugen Habermann in 1926, it was one of the first examples of Functionalistic architecture in Estonia.

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“Estonians in America, 1945-1995: Exiles in a Land of Promise,” was published by the Estonian American National Council last November. The hardcover book, edited by Priit Vesilind, has over 560 pages, and provides details and photos on the history and activities of Estonian refugees and their descendants, who came to the U.S. after Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union.  


The book has received very positive comments from readers – here is a sampling:
“To everyone involved in this book: KUDOS TO YOU ALL!! I received my copy very quickly last week and it's an absolutely beautiful book that I am so happy I ordered. My almost 96 year old mother, Juta Jarver, lives with us and is legally blind. It has become a nightly ritual for me to read sections of the book...It was a walk down memory lane… I just had to write to thank you for all the hard work on this book and I am hoping somebody will continue from 1995-2015? Thank you again for a wonderful treasure!” Tiina Jarver-Ers

On February 9, the Estonian government decided to confirm the recipients of the National Lifetime Achievement Award for Culture — conductor Neeme Järvi, actor Lembit Ulfsak and theologian and translator Kalle Kasemaa.

symphonySarasota Orchestra music director and conductor Anu Tali hosts guest pianist Simon Trpčeski and Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür at Anu and Friends Dinner, Sarasota Yacht Club (FL), January 31, 2017.   Photo: Erkki Taada

unFrom left:  Helen Sisask, Linda Tälli, Mia Marta Ruus, Dalia Doman, Kiira Gornischeff, Gertha Teidla-Kunitsõn, back row: Tõnu Poopuu.   Photo by Anneli Lepp / Text: Permanent Mission of Estonia FB page

The expanding international relations of Estonia have increased global interest in Estonian language and culture, and the willingness to promote cultural, economic and political relations with Estonia.

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