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Midsummer, Latvian style

Latvia celebrates Midsummer or in Latvian “Līgo”. It is a difficult to translate word because it is way more than “sway” or something like that.

It is an ancient tradition, with traditional foods, traditional beer as drink and wreath. Men wear oak leaf wreath, especially these ones whose name is “Jānis”. We could refer to this name as John probably in English. Women, girls and older ladies wear a flower wreath. Options are endless, but there is definitely an attempt noticeable to compete for the most beautiful wreath. The wreath is supposed to also make the lady who wears it looking great, attractive and beautiful. Midsummer night calls for making love and finding your match. The ferns are said to blossom with golden blooms at midnight tonight, and whoever finds that bloom, has found a never ending love. So, it’s said, couples go bloom chasing in the middle of night and pretty much in the forest. Where else are you going to find a ferns blossoming?

My options in Canada are way fewer.

I used to make my own caraway seed cheese and hoped it would be like the Latvian. Cabnadian milk is not real milk, so it was tough, but taste was quite fine.

This year and today, I am moving. We have been moving things for quite a while, but we hope to finalize the move today.


Not much celebration today, but it will be nice afterwards.

I won’t also have internet until it gets re-connected at the new place. I will catch up with everything some time next week.


Have a great summer!

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  1. Anonymous #

    Nice to hear about your traditions Inese 😀
    All good luck with your move.

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    June 23, 2019
  2. I love flower wreaths! Ever since childhood, I’ve loved making and wearing them. I hope the move went well, Inese. My best wishes.

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    July 3, 2019
    • Thanks, Cynthia! Move was kind of stretched out over 2 weeks, but it was better than last year. I’m just organizing everything now. Still quite a few boxes to unpack and sort out.
      You’d love to participate in a Latvian Midsummer celebration. Every girl and woman usually wears a flower wreath and many men wear oak leaf wreath, especially these named Jānis.
      We make large fire, eat caraway seed cheese, drink beer and sing numerous Latvian folk songs. There are thousands for each occasion, and Midsummer has really many. Most are 4 line verses. We learn them in early childhood and sing all life, so it just goes from generation to generation. There are numerous open air dance and song parties, sometimes with folk bands. All rooms are decorated with herbs and grasses and flowers. I do that even here in Canada.
      I regret I cannot have the delicious Latvian foods here. I am trying to make my own from ingredients which are available, but that’s not the same.
      This year, I did not celebrate, just posted this because it was the busiest moving day.


      July 3, 2019
  3. The food and the flowers all look wonderful, Inese!

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    August 16, 2019
    • Cheese was delicious. I tried to make it using Canadian products. Well, they are way more chemical and did not work exactly as Latvian products do. You probably know that milk is not really milk here. The process went on ok, but it was difficult. Milk in Latvia is still like it should be, and for cheese we really need the real milk and the real cottage cheese features. Butter was also too watery. Only eggs worked as they should. I had caraway seeds, but have run out of them by now.

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      August 16, 2019

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