Kihnu's cultural space has been granted the title of Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It's also called "the Island Where Women Rule" by CNN and is considered one of the last matriarchies in the world.
"Kihnu women are very hard workers and dedicated to their families, homes, and culture. Their everyday lives are filled with typical tasks of cleaning, cooking, taking care of the children, working on the field and so on."– S.Soide
"The rest of their time is dedicated to preserving their culture as much as they can. Whether this is making traditional handicrafts (knitting, weaving, embroidery etc.), practicing traditional dances and songs, taking part in holiday traditions, and anything else that comes up along the way."– S.Soide
Silvia goes on to challenge the media's impression of the island as purely women-ran.
"It's common that women are more interested in singing and dancing, or doing handicrafts but the men here are just as important carriers of Kihnu culture as women are. Kihnu men feel a responsibility to take care of their home and their families, and while they may not be spending weeks sailing the seas as before, many men work extremely hard to provide for their family." – S.Soide
"Traditions do not die though and Kihnu men have always been men of the sea. Regardless of how long they are away at work, whenever they do return to the island they are sure to go fishing as much as they can."– S.Soide
In order to experience old traditions, it is best to visit Kihnu during folk or church calendar holidays, including Midsummer Day, St. Catherine's Day and during Christmas. Other exciting events organised on the island include the Kihnu Herring Hike in May, the Day of Kihnu Home Cafes in June, the Kihnu Sea Festival in July, the Kihnu Dance Day in August and the Kihnu Violin Festival in October.
"If you're looking to experience a rich, vibrant show of Kihnu culture then I definitely suggest visiting during the summer. Kihnu has a wide variety of different festivals and events during this time. Most businesses and entrepreneurs operate during the tourist season so you're likely to have more experiences to choose from. That's not to say though that the island doesn't have anything to offer in the colder months as well." – S.Soide