This centuries old holiday rejoicing the coming of spring is beloved by children and adults in Estonia. Go sledging for good luck, eat a bun piled high with whipped cream and dance into the night.
Looking towards spring
Shrove Tuesday (Vastlapäev in Estonian) is celebrated by many branches of Christians as the last day of feasting and fun before the Lent period preceding Easter. The holiday falls on a different day each year, seven weeks before Easter, either in February or March. In some countries this day is celebrated as 'Mardi Gras', and in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and Canada the day is aptly called 'Pancake Tuesday', because a rich meal of pancakes is served. In Estonia, as is the case with many holidays, Shrove Tuesday celebrations are oriented around the revolving of seasons and the agricultural calendar.
Sledging for luck