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Fun and festivities in Latvia - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

liepaja Latvia has a rich folklore heritage. Some customs existing in this country are not found anywhere else in the world. On December 25, Latvians celebrate Christmas, in which pagan and Catholic traditions are mixed. Christmas trees have been decorated here since the beginning of the 16th century. It is believed that it was in Latvia that the tree was first dressed. Christmas markets open throughout the country. Burning large logs is compulsory. In pagan times, this symbolized the worship to the sun god. Today, the oak log is burned along with all the bad things that happened in the old year. Festive family tables are necessarily served with traditional ginger cakes. Many Latvians walk the streets wearing masks of animals, monsters and dead to scare away evil spirits and attract good luck.
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Like in many other European countries, New Year celebrations in Latvia begin on December 31. Many clubs, bars, and pubs organize New Year's programs, which last all night long until the morning of January 1. The New Year is a family holiday, and Latvians gather at a richly decorated table as families. Sometimes, if there is fish on the table, its scales are put in wallets to attract money. At midnight, fireworks are launched and people take to the streets to meet the new year, walking in squares and parks. Live music plays on Dome Square in Riga, celebrants drink mulled wine and dance.
Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are the days when Easter is celebrated in Latvia. They fall on the days between March 22 and April 25. Eggs are still often painted using onion peel, chamomile, and other natural dyes. It is believed that one who eats such an egg without salt will lie throughout the summer. People hit each other's eggs, and the ones whose eggs do not break are believed to live longer. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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On May 1, there is not only Labor Day, but also Convocation of the Constituent Assembly of the Republic of Latvia. It is also a national holiday since on this day in 1920 the first parliament of the Republic of Latvia was convened to draft and adopt the Constitution. This is a day-off when people go to peaceful festive demonstrations. And on May 4, there is the Day of Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia, which happened in 1990. Another Independence Day, or Republic Day, is celebrated on November 18 - on this day in 1918, the Republic of Latvia was proclaimed an independent state. On this big day, festivities are held throughout the country, and the President gives a solemn speech on national television.
The summer solstice is celebrated at the world-famous Ligo Summer Festival on the night of June 23-24. This bright, colorful holiday has pagan roots. Latvians burn fires all night, weave beautiful wreaths of flowers and herbs and adorn their heads, animals and houses, dress up in traditional costumes, tell ancient legends, drink beer, sing folk songs, and dance. According to legend, on this day you can meet real witches. It is also believed that if one throws into a river or a lake two wreaths, one of which symbolizes its owner and the other - his/her beloved one, by the behavior of the wreaths on the water, one can judge about the joint future: if the wreaths meet, the lovers will get married. Another belief is connected with fern. The one who finds its flower will be able to understand the languages of animals and plants.
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Annual music festivals are also held in Latvia. The famous Positivus Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the Baltics. This three-day show in the northern city of Salacgrīva gathers on its stage talented local and foreign performers of varying levels of popularity. The festival dates back to 2007. Such famous performers as Sinead O'Connor, Imagine Dragons, Kraftwerk and others played here. The annual Jazz Festival has been held in Saulkrasti since 1997. It lasts for a week in July, and here you can not only listen to great jazz played by musicians from around the world but also watch how the best drummers compete for the main prize.
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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Latvia

Riga
Depo club is a place that will not disappoint its visitors. Every day here take place theme parties that will be interesting to visit by jazz fans, and fans of alternative music, as well as by connoisseurs by other musical directions. The club is divided into three large halls. Visitors are welcome to have rest in a cozy cafe and enjoy the specialties of this place. Club Faraons is a popular night spot on the map of Riga. Here you will find a dance floor, several beautiful bars and VIP-class … Read more
Jurmala
Dzintari Forest Park remains one of the most beautiful places in the city. This large and well-kept park is perfectly suitable for unhurried walks, a family picnic, or various outdoor activities. There are many paths for walking, charming relaxation areas with benches, and interesting playgrounds for children. It’s important to mention that the park looks attractive regardless of the season. Even in winter, it’s very pleasant to walk there, admiring the beauty of the snow-covered trees. … Read more
Liepaja
People come here to take a walk and enjoy the natural beauties, read a book sitting on a bench in the shade of trees or have a family picnic. The famous park is a permanent venue for many popular festivals. Musicians and artists often perform here in the summer. This picturesque park is historic, founded back in 1902. The collection of rare plants collected for over a century is considered very valuable, so they often hold informative tours in the park. A significant part of the park is … Read more
Ventspils
Ventspils Aqua Park is the best place for families. The wonderful entertainment center is open from May until October. Several swimming pools and slides, amusements and playgrounds, special areas for children and charming cafes – both adults and children will be in love with this gorgeous aqua park. It is important to mention that a transparent wall protects the park from the cold sea breeze, so the area is always very comfortable and relax and have fun. In order to buy memorable gifts, … Read more

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