November 18 – Latvia’s Independence Day

November 17th, 2009
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Flag of Latvia

On November 18,1918, the independence of Latvia was declared. The same day the National Council elected Latvia’s first provisional government and the first prime minister of Latvia, Kārlis Ulmanis.

However, Latvia lost its independence on June 17, 1940, when World War II began and regained it in 1991.

This year, on Latvia’s independence Day at  9 p.m. Latvia time, all Latvians around the world will sing Latvia’s national anthem “Dievs Svēti Latviju” (God Bless Latvia).

Lāčplēsis Day

November 11th, 2009

Lāčplēsis DayLāčplēsis Day (Latvian: Lāčplēša Diena) – Latvian Freedom Fighters’ Remembrance Day, is celebrated on November 11. On this date, Latvians commemorate the victory over the Bermontians at the battle of Riga.

It is a very important day in the life of every Latvian citizen. On November 11, 1919, the Latvian Army fought and won a fierce battle against the Russian and German forces, which had taken up arms against the Republic of Latvia. This victory over the forces of Bermont-Avalov was significant in the birth of Latvia as an independent nation. The victory marked the conclusion of the Latvian War of Liberation (1918–1920). The day is celebrated with ceremonies and concerts throughout the city.

Lāčplēsis (literal translation”Bear-slayer”) is an epic poem by Andrejs Pumpurs, a Latvian poet, who wrote it between 1872-1887 based on local legends. Lāčplēsis is regarded as the Latvian national epic. The poem recounts the life of the legendary hero Lāčplēsis, chosen by the gods to become a hero of his people.

LIVE RīGA

November 11th, 2009

New brand created for promoting Riga

Live Riga

Live Riga

A new Riga city brand LIVE RĪGA has been created to promote Riga as a Nordic metropolis. Behind the brand is a strong passion for the city, with Riga as both the ideal setting for its residents and a most attractive destination for the many tourists who enjoy it year after year.

Riga possesses something rather unique. It is a four-letter word, in the English language associated with meaning of love and life. This fact gives the opportunity to use short and memorable verbs to communicate the many different facets the city has to offer in conjunction with the word Riga: LOOK RIGA, STAY RIGA, FEEL RIGA, WORK RIGA. There are many voices in Riga, who want the city to live and to be lively and to be perceived as such in other parts of the world. No other expression than LIVE RIGA could capture this emotion better.

Five years from now, Riga will be ready to shine as the E