Opening procession starts on the Town Hall Square at 6.30 pm and proceeds through Ülikooli Street, Poe Street, Vabaduse puiestee, Munga and Jaani Street and ends on Lutsu Street.
“We expect Tartu citizens and our quests to join the procession in colorful clothes. At the same time we ask that for safety reasons people not to go too close to the horses who join the procession,” says Ants Johanson, project manager of Tartu Hanseatic Days.
In Hanseatic Wedding two young people, Merit and Marko Oviir, both born in Tartu, will be joined in holy matrimony and the wedding ceremony will take place on 17th July at 6 pm on Town Hall Square of Tartu.
“Many people have asked if this wedding is “played”. We assure that this young couple is having a real wedding here and we are very happy that they have taken this opportunity. We are also waiting a signal from possible next year’s newly-weds...” says Ants Johanson looking into the future.
The bridal couple will be blessed by the mayor of Tartu, Urmas Kruuse and after the “I do”-s and exchanging the vows and the rings all the guests of the Hanseatic Wedding will be asked to join the grand photo shoot.
All who wish are welcome to come and congratulate the bridal couple in person.
After the ceremony the bridal couple will invite everyone for community dancing with medieval music. The bride will also call all the unmarried women whose partner is currently also at Tartu Hanseatic Days to take part of catching the flower bouquet. The girl who catches the bouquet will be the new bride of the evening and she will sit with her partner at the top of the wedding table which is set up especially for this day.
In the wedding table we offer our wedding guests porridge from wooden chips which can be eaten with wooden spoon. We also encourage people to pack their picnic bags so everyone can taste the foods they love.
Tartu County Town
A new town called Tatru County Town has been added to the Tartu Hanseatic program this year offering the local parishes an opportunity to introduce themselves and their activities. The guests of Tartu Hanseatic Days have the opportunity to learn more about Tartu County and its history for example through workshops.
In the park of Pirogov nearly 20 workshops will be set up, also a stage will be set up in the Tartu County Town where everyone has an opportunity to see folk-dance and hear folk-music performed by local bands.
Tartu County Town is opened on 17th and 18th of July. The program on stage will start on both days at 10 am. On Saturday the program on stage lasts until 9 pm and on Sunday until the Final Ceremony of Tartu Harmonic Hanseatic Days at 5 pm.
The program and workshops of Tartu County Town can be found at: http://hansapaevad.ee/?s=148
The Towns of Tartu Hanseatic Days
Hanseatic times in Jaani Town starts also today – near the Jaani church a real medieval fair spirit comes to life in the darkness of the night, together with tricks and fireworks. Today at 9 pm a master of medieval magic will preform on Jaani stage.
Jaani Town is open on Friday 16 July at 6 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 17 July at 10 am to 8 pm and on Sunday 18 July at 10 am to 3 pm.
This year quests have also opportunity to visit ancient times in River Town which is open on Saturday 17 July at 10 am to 8 pm and on Sunday 18 July at 10 am to 3 pm.
Near the Kaubamaja of Tartu Children's and Future Town will be set up where all the children can find interesting activities. Children’s and Future Town is open on Saturday 17 July at 10 am to 8 pm and on Sunday 18 July at 10 am to 3 pm.
The Hansamarket will take place in the Town Hall square, Küüni Street alley, Kaubahoovi square, Ülikooli Street, Tartu County Town on Pirogovi Park, River Town and Jaani Town. The Hansamarket unites different ages into one big party of ages, towns, cultures and trade and makes Tartu Hanseatic Days a merry and joyful party.