Advent time in Latvia

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Dec 24, 2023

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One of the most popular traditions is the Advent wreath, which is made of evergreen branches and decorated with candles. Each Sunday leading up to Christmas, a new candle is lit, symbolizing the increasing light of the world as the birth of Christ approaches. The first candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent, and so on until all four candles are burning brightly on Christmas Eve.

In addition to the Advent wreath, Latvians also celebrate the season by decorating their homes with traditional Latvian ornaments, such as straw stars and wreaths made of dried flowers and berries. Many families also have a special Advent calendar with a small gift or treat for each day leading up to Christmas.

Food is also an important part of Advent in Latvia, with many traditional dishes and treats enjoyed during the season. One popular dish is piragi, which are small, crescent-shaped pastries filled with bacon and onion. Another favorite is gingerbread cookies, which are often decorated with intricate designs and used to decorate the Christmas tree.

In addition to these traditions, there are also many public events and celebrations held throughout the Advent season. Christmas markets are a popular attraction, with vendors selling traditional crafts, food, and gifts. Carolers also make their rounds, singing traditional Latvian Christmas songs and spreading cheer and goodwill.

Perhaps the most beloved Advent tradition in Latvia is the lighting of the Christmas tree in Riga’s Old Town. This annual event draws thousands of people to witness the illumination of the massive tree and enjoy a festive evening of music and entertainment.

Overall, Advent in Latvia is a time of joy, reflection, and anticipation as families and communities come together to celebrate the holiday season and the birth of Christ. Whether through traditional customs or modern celebrations, the spirit of Christmas shines brightly throughout the country during this special time of year.

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