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Līgo 2020: Lielvārde and Lāčplēsis

Līgo 2020: Lielvārde and Lāčplēsis

Last year, around this time, Rita and I were returning from our honeymoon in Italy. We spent a quiet Jāņi on June 23 in Vilnius, Lithuania waiting for our bus back to Riga. This year, I was happy to stay in Latvia for a more traditional and joyful celebration. Although with the current Covid situation, …

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Jāni 2018: Latvian Midsummer Celebration

Jāni 2018: Latvian Midsummer Celebration

Midsummer. St. John’s Eve. The holiday is celebrated all over Europe, but it isn’t really a thing in America. In Latvia, the celebration of Jāni (both St. John and a mythical all-father sort of dude who is supposed to show up on the morning of the 24th of June) is probably almost as big as …

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