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Mark your calendar for the Bay Area's 2019 Eesti Vabariigi aastapäev event on February 23, in Sunnyvale, California. 

Irene Ilves, the mother of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, died on Tuesday, December 25 aged 91.

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This year, 212 year-old Kalev kondiitri/tööstus/ettevõtte (confectionary company's) advendi/ kalender, seen here, and in fact its entire Christmas collection for kids, uses funny word play. Photo: kalev.eu

 

Tere you know, tali is the same thing as talv – winter. But put together, they form a word pair used (mostly verbally) to express dissatisfaction or an unpleasant surprise similarly to: "Imagine that!" or "Hello!" (As in: you've got to be kidding).

Concert of Estonian Music: “Voices Over Tallinn – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence” (1918-2018) on Friday, November 30 at 8:00pm.

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When advertising cleverly plays with an expression which is vanem kui leib ("older than bread"), it resonates with people and can thereby be considered successful. Whether it makes them buy more, is another matter. Photo: Riina Kindlam

 

In Estonian tradition, as in all Christian cultures, the Christmas season lasts at least until January 6, Epiphany, which Estonians call kolme/kuninga/-päev – “Three Kings Day”, the day when the Three Wise Men (or Kings or Magi) finally reached baby Jesus.

The Estonian American National Council, Inc. (EANC) requires a full-time executive director to implement and direct its program and internal activities. The position reports to the EANC Board of Directors.

With generous support from Estonians in the USA, the Estonian Relief Committee, known as Eesti Abistamiskomitee USA-s, achieves its mission to: (1) help Estonians that are less fortunate, and (2) help preserve and promote Estonian culture and heritage in the United States.

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The annual anniversary event is celebrated in many places around the world, including Tallinn, Tartu and Toronto. it has been held in the San Francisco Bay area since 1983, making it the 35th year of the celebration. It has been hosted by Dr. Mati Kiisk in his beautiful home in San Rafael, California for the past 20 plus years.

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