The proclamation of Christmas Peace from the Town Hall Square can be viewed via a video feed
Tartu City Government Press Release
23 December / On Thursday, 24 December at 12.00, Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas and Bishop Joel Luhamets of the EELC Southern Region will announce Christmas Peace at the Tartu Ice Rink, which can be observed via video feed. Santa Claus Jolle and Mrs. Clause Asti will also be present.
In order to prevent people from gathering at Tartu Town Hall Square this year, the traditional proclamation of Christmas Peace will be broadcast live on Christmas City Tartu’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JoululinnTartu.
Those wishing to watch the event on site must abide by the 2 + 2 distance rule, and it is strongly recommended that a mask be worn. This year, when announcing Christmas Peace, the traditional Christmas soup will not be distributed and there will be no entertainment programme, in order to prevent people from gathering in one place.
The proclamation of Christmas Peace is a custom dating back to the 17th century, to the time of Queen Kristiina of Sweden, when even in the midst of the worst situations, a special peace was occasionally proclaimed. The proclamation of Christmas Peace was usually announced by the mayor or the town secretary, with the time of the proclamation being the minutes before and after noon on Christmas Eve. In Estonia, the practice was revived after the restoration of independence.
Last changed 23.12.2020