The Baltics' ancient tradition

  • 2009-06-30
  • By Kate McIntosh
Bonfires, beer, dancing, jumping over fires and all-night-long parties are a central theme to Midsummer celebrations in the Baltics, marked annually across the region. In Lithuania the holiday is celebrated as Saint Jonas’ Festival (or Rasos), while in Estonia it is known as Jaanipaev (John's Day). In Latvia the celebration of the summer solstice festival, or Jani, remains the most ancient and beloved holiday, marked with great enthusiasm throughout the country. Celebrations typically kick off on June 22, continuing with Ligo-Day o...
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