WINTER SOLSTICE — THE YULE LOG EVE
The Winter Solstice – Yule Log eve – is celebrated when it is time of the shortest day and the longest night of the year. As in old times, to ward off the darkness, cold, last year's hard luck, bad work and thoughts, people roll the Yule Log from one farm to another and eventually burn it. The Yule Log burning symbolizes the beginning of a new solar year and the Sun itself, which is very important for farmers. And of course, it is time for ‘happiness casting’, fortune-telling, merrymaking and games. Christmas market.
Martins day 2016
“Mārtiņdiena” marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter in Latvian calendar. At this time all farm works should be brought to an end. Each year on celebrating Martin’s day lots of people dressed up and wearing masks, singing and dancing to bring luck, prosperity and harmony to their lives. Mask making workshops and game playing with the folk bands. Traditional rooster roast at country pub.