Historically alongside it’s Baltic neighbors, Latvia has always been a pagan society, and the holiday traditions reflect the beliefs of the times. Even now the word for Christmas is “Ziemassvetki” meaning Winter Holidays. Not many Christian elements are found in these celebrations as Latvians for at least a thousand years have been celebrating the rebirth of the Sun as after Christmas, the days start to get longer. However, the newer Lutheran roots do tend to show up in the celebrations and new traditions.
The nearly month-long celebration begins with Advent, with decorated Advent wreat...
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