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The President of the Republic participated in the Festival of Sacred Songs

President Arnold Rüütel and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel today in Tartu participated in the Festival of Sacred Songs of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Greeting the participants of the Song Festival, the President of the Republic said that from time immemorial songs have been inseparable part of our heritage. "Song Festivals are the most important festivities for our people and they have the longest tradition. This tradition has lived through the stormy times of our history and has managed to maintain its vitality, and has become a masterpiece of the spiritual heritage of the whole mankind. Song Festivals, representing ties of time and feeling of solidarity with our nation, have been for us a source of national vitality and a source of the sense of belonging," the Head of state said.

"Today's Song Festival is dedicated to and leads us towards the source of wisdom. For centuries the fraternity of the Moravians, bible societies, the church and the clergy had taken care of the education of Estonians. To a great extent, we owe for our national awakening to our vigilant clergymen. Sacred music is a part of ageless cultural property that is shared by many nations. The charm and power of that music comes from its ability to reach beyond national barriers, but also beyond the boundaries of states and ages. Lasting through centuries, the sacred music has given people much needed sense of security," President Rüütel said.

On Sunday, June 12, the President of the Republic and Mrs Ingrid Rüütel will be in Põlva where they participate in the Song and Dance Festival "Rõõm ajas" (Joy in time) held at Intsikurmu open air song festival stage.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, June 11, 2005

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