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Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev)

Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha)
and St John's Day (Jaanipäev) celebration
Estonian Cultural Garden
June 26, 2022

The Estonian Cultural Garden was dedicated June 19, 1966. Each year, the Estonian community and friends gather to celebrate Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev).

Estonian Culural Garden sign


Toomas Tubalkain served as MC.

Toomas Tubalkain

Toomas Tubalkain


Pastor Pirn led a prayer in Estonian and then English.

Pastor Pirn

Pastor Pirn


Toomas gave remarks about the current situation in Ukraine and then Judge Ralph Perk Jr., president of the American Nationalities Movement, gave his remarks about freedom

Judge Ralph Perk Jr.

Judge Ralph Perk Jr.


Bill Cook entertained with a few clarinet songs.

Bill Cook playing clarinet

Bill Cook


Toomas read a poem he wrote and then the group gathered in front of the Estonian monument where they sang the Estonian National Anthem.

Singing the Estonian National Anthem

Singing the Estonian National Anthem

Singing the Estonian National Anthem

Singing the Estonian National Anthem

Toomas explained their monument which commemorates 'Kalevipoeg' or as Toomas likes to call it, the Estonian Creation Myth.

Toomas Tubalkain explains the Estonian monument

Toomas Tubalkain explains the Estonian monument

Estonian Cultural Garden monument


As he said, "The story of our Creation Myth is relevant today, as it has been for millennia. Kalev and Estonia suffered for centuries under foreign occupation, but the culture of the Estonian people never faltered and proved to be their salvation".

Estonaina Cultural Garden monument words

Click the white arrow below to watch a video of the ceremony in the Estonian Cultural Garden



Enjoy these other images from Victory Day in the Estonian Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

Group photo by the monument

Group photo by the monument


Lithuanian Honorary Consul Ingrida Bublys with Toomas Tubalkain and Erika Puussaar

Lithuanian Honorary Consul Ingrida Bublys
with Toomas Tubalkain and Erika Puussaar


Lia Staaf shows the Staaf Family brick

Lia Staaf shows the Staaf Family brick


Estonian Garden crowd

Estonian Garden crowd


Estonian Garden crowd


Estonian Garden crowd


Poem In the front of the Estonian Garden


Toomas Tubalkain and Erika Puussaar

Toomas Tubalkain and Erika Puussaar


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