To mark the summer solstice and share the traditions of other cultures with the residents, Clann Scheme Manager Mandy Stevenson ran a socially distanced coffee morning in Earl House this week.
Biruta, a resident in Earl House, told the group all about the history of Ligo Dziesmas Day.
“On Ligo Dziesmas Day, the local women, especially those named Līga, make their own traditional wreaths of meadow flowers. The local men, especially those named Jānis, make their wreaths of oak leaves.
“In old Rīga the locals head to the annual Grass Market near the Dome Cathedral to stock up on ready-made Jāņi wares.
“Should you find yourself outside of the capital and not really knowing what to do, there are always open-air parties held on outdoor stages in the nearest town, and hospitality is the order of the day so you are sure of a warm welcome.
“It’s possible someone may invite you for a walk in the fields or forest in search of the highly prized and rarely-seen “fern flower”. This is a real honour, but don’t be surprised if you discover something else entirely.”
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