Izbaudi Rīgu

Ligo and Summer Solstice Festival

The Summer Solstice celebration can be deemed the most Latvian holiday, marked according to pagan traditions. The festival bears the names Līgo! and Jāņi.

Līgo! and Jāņi are a somewhat mystic event, as, according to ancient traditions, you have to search for the legendary fern blossom, wash your face in the grass's morning dew, and gather herbal plants, which are said to have a special power midsummer. Summer Solstice or the Jāņi celebration dates back centuries when Europeans actively practiced the cult of the Sun.

Bonfires and other rituals were not only part of annual traditional celebrations, but also manifested the unity of cosmic and earth order. Jāņi is the celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year. Besides, Jāņi is also closely related to the countryside - everybody tries to at least to spend that day/night outside a residential area, drink beer and search for the fern blossom. Cities and their life have brought their own options into Jāņi celebrations and created some new traditions, for example, special events in city centres.

People are invited to cheerfully celebrate Līgo! in all Latvia's regions and towns, by warming themselves around bonfires, playing games, and observing traditional rituals and other activities until sunrise. This night becomes memorable when celebrated together with Latvian folk groups and musicians any place in Latvia.

Throughout Latvia 18.06.2017 - 24.06.2017

Associated events

18 Jun - 22 Jun

Brīvdabas pasākumi

Events opening Latvian traditional Midsummer festivities in Riga

18 Jun - 22 Jun
Ahead of the annual Midsummer festival, or Līgo!, various events will take place at Riga's squares, parks, cultural centers and elsewhere, including the traditional event cycle Midsummer Bonfire on Riga's Hills, the Līgo! market on Dome Square, as well as various other exhibitions, performances and events based on national traditions.

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22 Jun

Tirdziņi

Līgo! market

22 Jun
To properly prepare for the annual Midsummer of Līgo! festival, a traditional market will once again be organized on Riga's Dome Square, where farmers and craftsmen from all over Latvia will offer flower bunches and garlands, oak leaf crowns, traditional teas and honey from Latvia's aromatic summer fields, country bread, cheeses, warm pastries, smoked meat and other goodies necessary to properly celebrate the merry festival. Furthermore, Latvia's best craftsmen will also be on hand, offering a wide range of items - wickerwork, clay dishes, linen tablecloths and bed covers, knitted items, wooden spoons, as well as traditional jewelry made of amber and silver. Meanwhile, traditional musical and dance collectives from Riga will maintain a merry festival atmosphere throughout the day!

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23 Jun - 24 Jun

Brīvdabas pasākumi

Līgo! festivities on November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns

23 Jun - 24 Jun
The Midsummer, of Līgo! festival, in Riga is traditionally celebrated on the November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns, where bonfires and Līgo! songs will be sung, and traditional festival dishes will also be served. Performing at the events will be various traditional musical and dance collectives. Everyone will also have the opportunity to find out about the merry traditions of Līgo! and greet the sunrise the following morning.

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23 Jun

Pasākumi Siguldā

Midsummer festival in Sigulda

23 Jun
Everyone is welcome to the Midsummer night celebration at Sigulda's Livonian Order castle and enjoy the magic of Midsummer night open-air party next to a large bonfire.

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