Country Holidays

Midsummer Solstice Celebrations in Latvia

06/09/2013

Midsummer Solstice Celebrations (Jāņi) is the biggest celebration in Latvia which roots goes deep in ancient times. It is wildly celebrated and many pre-events take place few days before 23-24 June (when it is always celbrated) Some events are more traditional than the others. In our list - we have put only few events wich will give you traditional feel of Jāņi and activities surroounded with it.


Date and time

Event and place

Description of the event

15th June, Saturday

15.06 - 16.06.

12.00-16.00

Pre-Midsummer Festival event

Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, Riga

Midsummer celebration - making crowns, decorating houses and animals, listening to folk traditions and ancient knowledge, making cheese, brewing beer. Traditional songs, dances and games.

16th June, Sunday

16. and 20.06.

11.00-14.00

Folklore group Dzieti concert at the Āraiši lake settlement

Āraišu Archiological Museum Reserve

Latvian traditional music and songs at an enhancing atmosphere - reconstructed 9th century settlement on the lake.  

20th June, Thursday

20.06.

20.00

Etno music group "Auļi"  concert "Midsummer in Sēlijā"

Jēkabpils, opposite Old Town square

 The concert takes place on the  rafts on the river Daugava. 

20.06.

15.00

Pre-Midsummer Event at the Art Nouveau Museum

Riga

Together with folklore group Budēļi.

www.jugendstils.riga.lv

20.06.

18.00 - 21.00

Pre-Midsummer Event  at  BASTEJKALNS

Bastejkalns, near the Monument of Freedom, Riga

Preparing to Misdummer, learning traditions – special songs, making traditional crowns, fire ritual elements , caraway cheese making, games together with folklore groups from all over Latvia and Riga.

21th June, Friday

21.06.

9.00 - 19.00

Annual Grass Market

Dome Square, Riga

Crafts, applied arts and  local food products. Midsummer crowns and flowers, concerts on the stage.

http://www.latvia.travel/en/article/janis-day-celebrations

21.06.

19.00

Midsummer Solstice   at Turaida

Turaida Museum Reserve, near Sigulda

Midsummer Solstice celebrations (ancient fire and sun rituals) with folklore groups from across Vidzeme region.

www.turaida-muzejs.lv

22th June, Saturday

22.06.

12.00

Grass Day in Āraiši

Āraiši Archeological Museum Reserve, Drabeši parish

Preparation for Midsummer Day – making crowns, collecting herbs in the meadow for tea, caraway cheese making, traditonal songs and dances with folklore group Ore.

www.tourism.cesis.lv

23th June, Sunday

23.-24.06.

Ramtai riti Jāņi. Annual Midsummer Celebrations

Country House "Lielkrūzes", Jaunpiebalga

Traditonal Jāņi celebrations, with songs, dances, fire ritual, waiting sunrise etc.

www.ramtairiti.lv

 

23.-24.06.

MIDSUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

At the guest house Purmali

Small, cosy event traditional style with the owners and musicions.

More info: Tel: +371 29119780
E-mail: pauls.lielmanis@inbox.lv


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