January 30 was the birthday of Estonian author Anton Hansen Tammsaare, the author of the “Truth and Justice” pentalogy, which is considered one of the major works of Estonian literature.
Now January 30 is declared Estonian Literature Day and a flag day.

“Literature helps us feel and understand life around us, enriches our vocabulary and brings people and generations together,” Minister of Culture Piret Hartman (SDE) said. “Estonian literature keeps our language alive and rich and has helped shape our identity. It’s time to give literature its own proper day and declare January 30 a day of national importance and flag day.”

The proposal to declare Estonian Literature Day a flag day was submitted by Tallinn Literary Center.