On 28 November 100 years ago, the Estonian Provincial Assembly declared itself the sovereign power in Estonia. This event opened the way to the birth of the Republic of Estonia, and was a great step towards independence. The Provincial Assembly, or Maapäev, was the first parliament-like representative body on the territory of Estonia. On the anniversary of that event, a flag-hoisting ceremony will take place at the Riigikogu, the members of the Riigikogu and Estonia 100 Youth Assembly will hold a festive sitting in the Session Hall, and an exhibition dedicated to the Provincial Assembly will be opened.
Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Provincial Assembly will begin at 8.45 a.m. with the flag hoisting ceremony at the Tall Hermann Tower. Members of the Youth Assembly will raise the flag of Estonia while the national anthem of the Republic of Estonia is performed.
At 1 p.m., festive sitting will begin in the Session Hall of the Riigikogu. Members of the Riigikogu, the Youth Assembly and the Government will sit together in the Hall. President of the Riigikogu and the patron of Estonia 100 Youth Assembly Eiki Nestor will give a speech. President of the Republic Kersti Kaljulaid will welcome the Assembly.
The most important part of the sitting will be reading of the Young People’s Manifest, composed by the 106 members elected to Estonia 100 Youth Assembly, and presenting it to the President of the Riigikogu.
The Manifest reflects what the young people of today think of Estonia and its future. They speak about education, environment, society and integration, and other topics that are important to them. Members of the Youth Assembly are school students elected from all over Estonia. The representatives of the factions of the Riigikogu will express their opinions on the positions set out in the Manifest.
A passage from the documentary TV play “Oma Maapäev” (“Our Provincial Assembly”) by Indrek Hirv and Hardi Volmer will be acted out at the sitting, and the Youth Mixed Choir Vox Populi will perform.
Estonian TV will make a live broadcast of the sitting. It will also be live streamed on the Riigikogu web page.
At 2.30 p.m., exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the Estonian Provincial Assembly will be opened in the White Hall of the Riigikogu. Historian Jaak Valge will speak about the importance of the Provincial Assembly in the history of Estonia.
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