Thousands of bonfires are lit and this is the reason why it doesn’t get properly dark that night. Once the fire is blazing, people start leaping over it. In that brief moment in which the flames are snapping at the heels of the leaper, you can make a wish and it will be fulfilled. Most people in fact simply want get across the fire alive, a wish that is granted for the most part.

You should also check to see if a song festival is taking place. There are quite a bunch of them, offering something for every taste: punk, pop, and folk song festivals, day and night song festivals, and song festivals for both younger and older people. These festivals are not just for passive listening but are intended as an activity in which everyone can take part. The big song festival, the one that unites the whole nation and which is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage event, is the 144-year old event that is held at the Song Festival Ground in Tallinn, which itself can accommodate one third of the entire Estonian population. This makes it the location in which the highest percentage of the population of a single nation across the world can be assembled together in one place, all breathing the same air together.

Yachting around the coast and exploring more than 1,500 islands that are part of Estonia, you may spot Ruhnu Lighthouse, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel before he worked on the Eiffel Tower. On Kihnu Island, which is also valued by UNESCO, you can admire the brightly coloured national skirts which are used not as museum exhibits but as everyday clothing, and you can ask a local woman to take you for a ride in the sidecar of her motorcycle.

Used the text by Rohke Debelakk from the brochure „Hilarious Estonia“ published by the Estonian Institute.