Soome-ugri kultuuripealinna ja Mulgimaa kultuuriaasta avatseremoonia Abja kultuurikeskuse ees
Abja-Paluoja is the capital of Estonia’s historic Mulgimaa region whose residents, known as Mulks, have their own distinctive Mulgi dialect and culture. The first Estonian-owned farms were developed here from the early 19th century and, as a result, it was once one of the wealthiest parts of Estonia. The Mulk men are iconically depicted wearing long black robes.
During the ceremony, a symbolic wooden bird, known as the Tsirk, was handed over to the town. It was then paraded through the streets and placed in the window of a local bookshop. Each of its feathers represent a Finno-Ugric nation and its wings are spread as if bout to take flight in order to represent the hope for their future.
Event is part of the event series The Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2021 Abja-Paluoja