UNESCO has proclaimed the Kihnu marriage ceremony as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Kihnu is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga and the seventh largest Estonian island.
Together with neighbouring islands it forms the Kihnu Parish, the smallest municipality in Estonia.
Kihnu Island was first mentioned in 1386 (as Kyne) and its people in 1518. There is 3000 year old evidence that Kihnu was used by seal hunters and fishermen.
For many years, the men of Kihnu have been frequently gone to sea while the women ran the island and became the guardians of the island's cultural heritage which includes handicrafts, dances, games and music. Unlike men, they also wear their national costumes in everyday life. So it’s quite normal to see an old woman dressed in traditional clothing driving a motorbike or even a tractor.
Kihnu will appeal anyone interested in culture and heritage, unique nature and friendly people.
Try to visit Kihnu during traditional celebrations of popular calendar or church holidays like Christmas, Midsummer's day and St. Catherine's Day, where you can witness genuine old traditions.
You can easily spend a night or even 2-3 days enjoying local history, nature and traditions- Kihnu makes an excellent stopping point on a coastal tour.