Planting of 100 oaks along the border of Latvia, jogging or walking routes resembling the geographic contour of Latvia anywhere in the world and celebrating around white-clad tables with friends and family are the key opening events of Latvia’s Centenary celebrations starting on May 4, 2017.
The Centenary celebrations will begin at 9 a.m. on May 4 at Latvia’s farthest points to the North, South, East, and West – in Ipiķi, Demene, Pasiena, and Nīca respectively – with the Embrace Latvia event. One hundred oak trees with special Centenary markings will be planted along the Latvian border, symbolically accentuating the unity of the Latvian people.
Consequently, many of the territories around the Centenary Oaks are to be developed, creating symbolic gateways to Latvia. Significant historical sites will be highlighted in a number of territories. In several locations, the planting will take place in cooperation with the neighbouring countries – a group from Lithuania will take part at Rundāle and Priekule, Estonains will participate in Ainaži and Rūjiena, and Belarussians will join the festivities in Krāslava.
White Tablecloth Day
To honour the courageous statesmen who united the Latvian people on the road to an independent state a century ago, on May 4 the Latvian people, together with friends, relatives and colleagues, will gather around white-clad tables for the White Tablecloth Day. The white tablecloth is a symbol of self-confidence and pride, and the essence of the celebration is to be together and to communicate, to honour old traditions that emphasize the Latvian cultural heritage as well as culinary traditions.
May 4 also marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Latvia in 1990, passed by the majority of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Latvia, renewing the country’s independence from the Soviet rule.
The White Tablecloth Day involves a number of public events throughout the country, as well as in the capital city, Rīga. The Esplanade Park and the linden alley opposite the Cabinet of Ministers will host poetry-readings, a silkscreen workshop and dance performances. Those favouring active lifestyle will be invited to jog, walk or cycle a 3 km route around the city centre resembling the contour of Latvia.
Jog Latvia in the World
On this day, Latvians and friends of Latvia are invited leave virtual imprints of Latvia around the world by jogging, walking or cycling a route resembling the geographic contour of Latvia. Be it a marathon, a half marathon, or a shorter distance around your town or city, challenge yourself for Latvia – use one of the 20 routes designed by the Latvian Institute together with the Virtual Club of Runners “Noskrien.LV”, or put together one of your own on your favourite sports app and use the hashtag #izskrienLatviju. Share it with friends, family members and neighbours.
Those interested in a light jog in Riga, are invited to take part at the Jog Latvia in the World event in the linden alley opposite the Cabinet of Ministers, from 12 p.m. till 6 p.m. on May 4, 2017.
In 2018, Latvia celebrates a hundred years since it became an independent state. With festivities at home and all around the world in the period of 2017 to 2021, with the culmination on November 18, 2018, Latvia will present the best it can offer in culture, lifestyle and innovation.
Ministry of Culture of Latvia / Reinis Oliņš
LV100 Media coordinator
Phone: +371 67503667
GSM: +371 26538741
For additional information and quotes on the opening of Latvia’s Centenary celebrations, please contact:
Latvian Centenary Office, Head of Public Relations
Ministry of Culture
Tel.: +371 67330339
GSM: +371 29374438
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You can jog, you can walk, you can ride a bike or even swim. Just mark out your route on your favourite sports app and use the hashtag #izskrienLatviju. Use one of our premade routes, which resemble Latvia’s contours, or put together your own one. Share it with friends, family members and neighbours. Let’s all jog Latvia in the world together!
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Latvia in Dublin: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=161463
Latvia in Chicago: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=161112
Latvia in London: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=161111
Latvia in Seoul: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=161090
Latvia in Brussels: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=160982
Latvia in Stockholm: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=161875
Latvia in Denver: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=161924
Latvia in Frankfurt: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=162106
Latvia in Cape Town: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=162257 vai http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=162256
Latvia in Oslo: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=162427
Latvia in Washington: http://www.noskrien.lv/trase/?trase=162330
For the local enthusiasts:
Latvia in Riga, 30km: https://www.endomondo.com/users/1099525934667/workouts/836749141
Latvia in Riga, 27,6km: https://www.endomondo.com/users/14306891/workouts/438486223read_more
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