Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sõbrapäev (Estonia's "Valentine's Day"): Celebrating Friendship Day

Being a  card, invitation, and event program cover designer, I am intrigued by how various cultures celebrate holidays. In a previous post, I mentioned that Finnish folks celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th as Friendship Day, and call it Ystävänpäivä. Recently I've learned that folks in Estonia, also celebrate February 14th as a day to honor friendships, and it is known as SõbrapäevAs I said in my post on Ystävänpäivä,"celebrating friendship is a wonderful thing to do" at any time, and I suggest one good way to do this is by sending a card to special people in your life. Valentine's Day might be a good place to start. I have a lovely selection of cards that are perfect for this but they are not the "traditional" red and pink hearts. Many of my cards subjects are nature based which is a beautiful way to extend  your thoughts of appreciating others. You can view some of them in the video presentation on Vimeo by clicking here.


  1. It's "Sõbrapäev" not "Sõbrapräpäev" - just sayin'.
    Anyway, have a nice one, or as we say here in Estonia - head sõbrapäeva! :)

  2. Hello, Anonymus, I have only recently learned about the feature in blogger that allows me to respond to a comment within the "confines" of my post, so, if you find yourself re-reading this post, I want to let you know how much I appreciated your pointing out my typo. I am a one-finger-hunt-and peck typist , and, consequently, typos happen from time to time — so thanks again.

    Meanwhile, a dear friend of mine who is from Finland, left this past Tuesday to visit her homeland for three weeks, and she and her husband will be making "side-trips" to Estonia. As for my travels, my having Swedish ancestors has always given me cause for wanting to travel to your part of the world. I would love to visit your stomping grounds one day (as well as those of my ancestors and my Finnish friend), but at this time tending to my urban garden, producing cards, invitations, event program covers, and DVDS, has kept me pretty busy, however, one day I just might visit your part of the world. All the best to you.

  3. Update by yours truly, as of today, August 16, 2011, I have had to come in and edit this entry. Prior to this time, the virtual flip-book described in this blog entry was viewable via MobileMe, a service I purchased at the suggestion of Apple UWS, and one that is used by countless Apple members. Recently Steve Jobs announced that as of June 2012 there will be no more sharing with MobileMe as iCloud will be replacing it and nobody is sure of where things that have been posted will go, so to be "safe" I have moved projects to Vimeo.


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