DESTINATION: SETOMAA HISTORIC REGION
Setomaa – authentic traditions in everyday life
Setomaa is one of the as yet undiscovered regions of Estonia. Located on the borders of Estonia and Russia the culture of the Setos, the people living in Setomaa, has been influenced by both cultures, yet they have maintained their own traditions and values.
The Setos are especially well known for their traditional way of singing (Seto leelo), which is on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In addition to their own singing traditions, the Setos have their own language, remarkable and colourful national clothes and impressive silver jewellery, as well as cuisine. Being part of the Orthodox church makes their mindset different from that of Estonians.