Independence Day

Estonian Independence Day (Iseseisvuspäev) is a public holiday in Estonia, always celebrated on 24 February. It is Estonia’s National Day. On 24 February 1918, Estonia issued a declaration of independence from the new Soviet Russia, which was followed by a war with the Soviets to maintain Estonian liberty. On 2 February 1920, the war ended with the Tartu Peace Treaty which guaranteed Estonia’s independence for all time. The Soviets went on to break this pact, however, and Estonia was under Soviet control for 75 years. Estonians celebrate their Independence Day with a parade, church services, speeches, and concerts in the capital city, Tallinn.


  • Serves 4
    • 5 cups sauerkraut
    • 2 cups rinsed barley
    • 1 onion chopped
    • 3 pounds of smoked pork ham hocks
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • Salt and pepper
  • 2 chicken bouillon
    • Water


In a large pot saute onions until soft add pork, sauerkraut, barley and bay leaf, sugar, bouillons, salt and pepper to taste. Cover with hot water and make sure lid fits. Cook for 1 ½ to 2  hours. Before serving remove meat off bones and bay leaf. Serve with boiled potatoes.
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