Restoration of Independence of Latvia

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AKA NameLatvijas Neatkarības Atjaunošana
HashtagsCompiled on#Latvia
Related Hashtags#Latvia
2023 DateMay 4, 2023
2024 DateMay 4, 2024
Restoration of Independence of Latvia

Restoration of Independence of Latvia 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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Restoration of Independence of Latvia 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 Unio. On 1 January 2014, it replaced its currency and adopted 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

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Restoration of Independence of Latvia 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 kartupelu 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.

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