Latvia Restoration of Independence Day

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AKA NameLatvijas Republikas Neatkarības atjaunošanas diena
Hashtags#RestorationOfIndependence, #RepublicofLatvia, #IndependenceRestorationDay
2020 Date4 May 2020
2021 Date4 May 2021
Latvia Restoration of Independence Day

Latvia Restoration of Independence Day History

Restoration of Independence Day commemorates the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia in 1990. In 1940, during World War II, Latvia lost its independence as it was occupied by German and Soviet forces. On 4 May 1990, the Declaration of Independence was adopted with a majority vote. The Declaration also stated that it had remained sovereign throughout the time it was under Soviet occupation and that Soviet occupation had been against the will of the Latvian people.

Restoration of Independence Day is celebrated annually on 4 May.

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Latvia Restoration of Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1939, Nazi Germany and the USSR signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which divided Eastern Europe between them. The Baltics, including Latvia, were assigned to the USSR and subsequently occupied by the Soviet Army in 1940.
  • On 1 May 2004, Latvia joined the European Union and on 1 January 2014, it replaces its currency by adopting the Euro.
  • The Soviet Union only recognised Latvia's independence on 6 September 1991.
  • On the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a human chain, called the Baltic Way, was formed between Tallin, Estonia, Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • I am rich, I own everything that has happened to me - Maris Caklais, Latvian poet

Latvia Restoration of Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Indulge in traditional Latvian foods such as Piragi (bacon rolls), beat soup (auksta zupa), kartupeli ar silki un biezpienu (herring with cottage cheese and potatoes) and kertupelu pankukas (potato pancakes).
  • Generate awareness on social media for the day by posting pictures of you and your friends wearing your Latvian colours with the hashtags #latvian, #independencelatvia and #RestoreIndependenceLatvia.
  • Enjoy the evening fireworks in downtown Riga. They are some of the largest fireworks in the country.
  • Watch the marching band competition that takes place in front of the Freedom Monument. The competitors are all dressed in traditional Latvian clothes and colours.
  • Enjoy the start of the summer season by heading into the countryside. Due to its proximity to International Labour Day, Latvians get an extra long weekend off.

Latvia Restoration of Independence Day - References and Related Sites

www.latvia.eu: Independence Latvia

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