Preparing for Latvia's Centennial
This year, we celebrate Latvia’s 98th birthday, already thinking of its upcoming centennial on November 18, 2018. While preparing for the grand celebration, it is time to define new goals for ourselves and agree on those values we wish to take with us for the upcoming hundred years.
What shall we wish for ourselves, our people and our country this year
Since the foundation of the country in 1918, Latvia has had nine presidents, whose official celebratory addresses on November 18 have become an indispensable part of the festive tradition. On Latvia’s 98th birthday let us remember their words which paint the history and challenges of our country for almost a century.
Identity as the source of strength
“Identity is the basis for creativity and productivity. There is not a single person without a spark of creativity.” These were the words of the ex-president of Latvia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, who spent more than 50 years of her life in six different countries on three different continents.
Lāčplēsis Day or how the Latvian heroes were born
The Patriot Week in Latvia begins with commemoration events of Lāčplēsis Day and culminates with a cheerful celebration of state anniversary. First we pay tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of Latvia, and then it is time to celebrate the foundation of our country. The historical events that took place almost a century ago happened in a reverse order, perhaps to remind us that we must stay vigilant and protect our country’s independence every day.
The Patriot Ribbon
November is one of the darkest and gloomiest months of the year. However, for Latvia and its people, it is the time of remembrance and cheerful celebration. Riga and Latvia shines along with its people and the thousands of candles lit by them, for it is the time of our Patriot Week.