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18 November — Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia

The Independence of Latvia was proclaimed on 18 November 1918 at the Latvian National Theatre. This day in Latvia is a public holiday — public institutions and the majority of private enterprises are closed, various events take place throughout the day.

18 November is the Independence Day of Latvia — even though there were no borders set, a group of dedicated nationalists proclaimed an independent Latvian state on this date in 1918. Several months after this courageous step had been made, military interventions still went on — the Russian Empire did not want to lose this important territory. Nevertheless, this day is still the most important national holiday for every Latvian.

On 18 November, various events take place across the country throughout the day. In Riga the celebration begins on the first half of the day with a parade and laying of flowers at the Freedom Monument with participation of the President of Latvia and other important government officials.

A parade of the National Armed Forces takes place in the afternoon at the 11th November Embankment. In the evening there are different concerts and the celebration in Riga ends with magnificent fireworks over the River Daugava.

On 18 November public transport in Riga is free of charge!

Riga 18.11.2018

Associated events

16 Nov - 19 Nov

Festivāli un svētki

Festival of Light Staro Rīga

16 Nov - 19 Nov
The festival of light "Staro Rīga" has become highly popular and anticipated among Rigans and tourists. "Staro Rīga" is an exhibition of outdoor installations, used to transform Riga's panorama using modern light and video technology.

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17 Nov - 19 Nov

Latvijas valsts simtgades pasākumi

Multimedia dance show - Both Edges

17 Nov - 19 Nov
Through dance, music and contemporary art technologies, the story of Latvia is told like never before. All the elements of the show - choreography, stage design, lighting, TV camera work and projections - seamlessly work together as one cohesive whole. The design, large scale projections and the choreographed movement create a feeling of being immersed within the 3-D imagery and allow the spectator to go on a hitherto unknown adventure.

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18 Nov

Latvijas valsts simtgades pasākumi

Performance of light - Lifetime of the Sun

18 Nov
The central character of the light performance is the Sun, telling the story of Latvia from independence until today and will conclude with a magnificent centenary fireworks show dedicated to the future of Latvia and faith in the Latvian people and each of its residents.

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18 Nov

Latvijas valsts simtgades pasākumi

Centenary club night

18 Nov
Continuing the tradition started when Latvia celebrated its 90th anniversary, on November 18 clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues in Latvia and around the world are invited to play Latvian music, as well as offer dinner specials and beverages in celebration of Latvia's centenary.

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