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Summer Solstice

By June 25, 2024No Comments

This past weekend, we had the joy of celebrating the summer solstice, a significant event where the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, giving us the longest day of the year. These extended daylight hours are something we cherish, knowing that from now until the end of December, the days will progressively get shorter.

The summer solstice is celebrated in many Northern European countries, and in Latvia, it is a national holiday known as “Līgo.” This past weekend, Dr. Deborah Ekstrom and I, in my role as the Latvian Consul, had the pleasure of inviting the Southern California Latvian Society to our home for a Līgo celebration, embracing the rich traditions of this festival.

One of the most visually striking traditions is the wearing of wreaths made from flowers and oak leaves. These wreaths symbolize nature’s bounty and the fertility of the earth, and many adorned themselves with these beautiful creations, adding a festive and authentic touch to our gathering.
Singing is a vital part of the Līgo festivities. Traditional Latvian songs, known as “Līgo dziesmas,” filled the air, fostering a sense of community and shared heritage. These songs often celebrate nature, love, and the joy of life, perfectly capturing the spirit of the solstice.

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