Latvia - Midsummer Eve./St. John's Eve

Description In Latvia, Midsummer is called Jani (Janis being Latvian for John) or Ligo Svetki (Svetki = festival). It is a national holiday and Latvians consider Jani about as important as Christmas.

Midsummer is celebrated on a large scale by almost everyone in Latvia and by people of Latvian origin abroad. Wherever you go in Latvia during Jani, you'll see solsticial bonfires. Celebrations consist of a lot of traditional elements (eating Janu cheese, drinking beer, singing hundreds of Latvian folk songs dedicated to Jani, jumping over the bonfire, wearing wreaths/crowns made of flowers (for the women) and oak leaves (for the men) together with modern commercial products and ideas. Small oak branches with leaves are attached to cars in Latvia during the festivity.
Date Mon, June 23, 2008
Repeat Type Yearly
Priority 5-Medium
Access Public
Category National Holiday*
Created by Gary Hill
Updated Mon, May 19, 2008 7:18pm GMT
Participants National Holidays
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