Seto village feast kirmas

Photo: Merlin Lõiv The Seto people in southeast Estonia hold a traditional village feast called kirmas during summertime. This is a celebration that people eagerly await for a whole year. The days when kirmas is celebrated coincide with the feast days of the patron saints of the local Orthodox church, but their spirit is secular. These village feasts used to draw large crowds, and they were held all over Setomaa. Nowadays only a few villages remain that people gather to in order to have such a joint party. The characteristic features of kirmas have also changed to a certain extent: it is not held exclusively in the Seto language any longer and not all participants wear Seto folk costumes. The musicians also play such tunes that enable the participants to perform dances from other regions. People sing various songs they like. Kirmas has never been strictly organized; it runs its own course. Kirmas is closely linked to the traditional passing of the year and the old rhythm of life. It helps to maintain continuity in the life of the Setos and in Setomaa while valuing time, place and people.

Seto village feast kirmas

This entry to the inventory was compiled by Maarja Sarv and Õie Sarv

Seto village feast kirmas
Photo: Merlin Lõiv
The Seto people in southeast Estonia hold a traditional village feast called kirmas during summertime. This is a celebration that people eagerly await for a whole year. The days when kirmas is celebrated coincide with the feast days of the patron saints of the local Orthodox church, but their spirit is secular. These village feasts used to draw large crowds, and they were held all over Setomaa. Nowadays only a few villages remain that people gather to in order to have such a joint party. The characteristic features of kirmas have also changed to a certain extent: it is not held exclusively in the Seto language any longer and not all participants wear Seto folk costumes. The musicians also play such tunes that enable the participants to perform dances from other regions. People sing various songs they like. Kirmas has never been strictly organized; it runs its own course. Kirmas is closely linked to the traditional passing of the year and the old rhythm of life. It helps to maintain continuity in the life of the Setos and in Setomaa while valuing time, place and people.
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Seto village feast kirmas
December 2017
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Photo: Merlin Lõiv The Seto people in southeast Estonia hold a traditional village feast called kirmas during summertime. This is a celebration that people eagerly await for a whole year. The days when kirmas is celebrated coincide with the feast days of the patron saints of the local Orthodox church, but their spirit is secular. These village feasts used to draw large crowds, and they were held all over Setomaa. Nowadays only a few villages remain that people gather to in order to have such a joint party. The characteristic features of kirmas have also changed to a certain extent: it is not held exclusively in the Seto language any longer and not all participants wear Seto folk costumes. The musicians also play such tunes that enable the participants to perform dances from other regions. People sing various songs they like. Kirmas has never been strictly organized; it runs its own course. Kirmas is closely linked to the traditional passing of the year and the old rhythm of life. It helps to maintain continuity in the life of the Setos and in Setomaa while valuing time, place and people.

This entry to the inventory was compiled by Maarja Sarv and Õie Sarv Seto village feast kirmas

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