Midsummer’s Eve: A Latvian Tradition!
Midsummer’s Eve: A Latvian Tradition! If you’re lucky enough to be in Riga this summer, don’t miss Latvia’s most popular holiday next week — Midsummer’s Eve! Midsummer’s Eve, or Jāņi in Latvian, has its origins in an ancient pagan tradition which commemorated the summer solstice, the shortest night of the year. Nowadays, the holiday is… Continue reading
Latvia suffers a harsh climate of long, cold winters and short but warm summers, so their traditional food reflects this, with an agricultural diet of crops and meat, including fish, with few spices and many calories to support an agricultural lifestyle. Latvians have always been great fans of dairy products as well, and cottage cheese,… Continue reading
Latvia may never have been a mighty kingdom, but there are plenty of ancient fortresses and stunning palaces to visit, with hundreds of different locations still standing! In each Latvian parish and town there’s at least one beautiful manor house or medieval knight’s castle with its own history, unique architecture and heritage. The first castles… Continue reading
Riga’s Old Town
Riga’s Old Town is one of it’s main tourist attractions as it’s one of the most complete old towns in Europe. Riga was heavily bombed during the Second World War and the city was mostly left in ruins until the new independent government realised the tourism potential and began restoring the city. Riga is split… Continue reading
Riga Named European Capital of Culture 2014!
Riga has officially been revealed as the European Capital of Culture for 2014! This means that this is the perfect time to choose to study Russian at our centre in Riga, as the city is buzzing with atmosphere and activities. The whole year will be a celebration of culture with many events taking place… Continue reading
Riga’s Seaside Jūrmala
When people think of Riga, beaches usually aren’t the first things to come to mind. But actually, Riga’s Seaside town (Jūrmala) has been a favorite place for Latvians and other former Soviet peoples for centuries. Even Khrushchev and Brezhnev frequented the town’s white sandy beaches, resorts and picturesque wooden houses along the shore. As far… Continue reading
Russians and the Russian language in Latvia
As you may have heard, Liden & Denz is opening a new Russian language centre in Riga, Latvia. In all three Baltic States, Russian is to some extent spoken by people without any ethnic connection with Russia, as a result of the Soviet occupation, during which citizens of these countries were forced to learn Russian.… Continue reading