A plõks (snap) from the general seating area, the hillside, of Tallinn's laulu/väljak (song festival grounds) during the first concert evening, July 6, just after the laulu/peo/tuli (song festival flame) was lit atop the tule/torn ("flame tower", also lighthouse, but not in this case) by the laulu/lava (song stage), where it burned for two days. Laulu/pidu and tantsu/pidu are multigenerational events, as can be seen in this photo. A süle/laps ("lap child") is being held süles (cradled) by his/her mother, wearing a beautiful folk costume hailing from somewhere in northern Estonia. Meanwhile, a mudilane (toddler) is being supported by the knee of his/her previous generation (eelmise põlve põlv), proving that this is a PÕLVEST PÕLVE ("from generation to generation") event, not to mention a "knee to knee" event (NB – the rong/käik – 5 km long procession of participating singers and dancers preceding the first concert), which brought folks together from (many a) sea to (this) shining sea.
Põlv is knee and generation is põlvKOND, which is often used in the shortened form "põlv". Lapse/põlv is childhood, but when written as two words lapse põlv, it means a child's knee. The verb põlvnema means to be descended from. Põlvkondlik = generational. The suffix -kond usually denotes a group: ühis/kond (society), kogu/kond (community), teadus/kond (faculty), kesk/kond (environment), vaatajas/kond (viewing public), leib/kond (household, who share leib (bread)... and then there's the rogue reegli/rikkuja (rulebreaker) ülikond – a suit. (?!)
Riina Kindlam, Tallinn
DIGITAL Estonian Life No. 45 - November 8, 2019
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