November 26th is Citizen’s Day in Estonia. On this day we celebrate the contribution of active and enterprising individuals who aid the development of Estonian society.
The objective of Citizen’s Day is to recognize and promote citizenship. The slogan of the 2015 Citizen’s Day was: “Music brings us together”, which was inspired by the Year of Music that was then drawing to a close. It was also in recognition of the fact that music touches us all.
Citizen’s Day is celebrated on November 26th because it was on that day in 1918 that the Estonian Provincial Assembly adopted a regulation on Estonian citizenship (2.37 MB, PDF). This officially established the notion of an Estonian citizen. Citizen’s Day is dedicated to all Estonian citizens and those who aspire to become citizens. On that day, we highlight civic identity and the rights and obligations of all citizens.
The Minister of the Interior bestows Citizen’s Day awards at the Citizen’s Day award ceremony, also held on November 26th. The Minister of Culture also announces the Citizen of the Year at the same event.
Newly registered Estonian citizens will receive their certificates of citizenship at official ceremonies in Tartu, Narva and Tallinn. These are also always held in late November in honour of Citizen’s Day.
Estonia has been celebrating Citizen’s Day since 1998.
Citizen’s Day Award
The Ministry of the Interior bestows Citizen’s Day awards on responsible and caring people who have displayed civic excellence by making a significant contribution to society, promoting civic education or volunteering in their communities.
Both individuals and organisations are invited to suggest nominees for Citizen’s Day awards to the Minister of the Interior. The list of nominees will be reviewed by a committee set up at the Ministry of the Interior that is authorized to issue 15 awards. The committee is made up of representatives of state authorities and civil society organisations. For more information on Citizen’s Day awards, please contact: Merje Klopets, Press Officer for the Ministry of the Interior (612 5227; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Minister of the Interior bestows Citizen’s Day awards at the annual Citizen’s Day award ceremony held on November 26th.
Citizen of the Year
Each year, the Ministry of Culture announces a competition for the title of Citizen of the Year. Permanent residents of the Republic of Estonia may be nominated and anyone may suggest nominees. The honorary title of Citizen of the Year is bestowed on people who have stood out as active and caring members of Estonian society.
The Minister of Culture presents the Citizen of the Year title at the annual Citizen’s Day award ceremony held on November 26th.
For more information on the Citizen of the Year competition, see the website of the Ministry of Culture.