Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia

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AKA NameLatvian Independence Day, Latvia's National Day, the Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia Day, Latvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena
Related Hashtags#Latvia
2022 Date18 November 2022
2023 Date18 November 2023
Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia

Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia History

Republic Day, also known as Latvian Independence Day, Latvia's National Day and the Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia Day, commemorates the declaration of independence of the Republic of Latvia. On 18 November, 1918, a week after the end of World War I, Latvia declared its independence from German and Russian occupation. Like the other Baltic nations, the country would remain independent until the World War II.

Republic Day in Latvia is celebrated annually on 18 November. In 1940, when the Soviet Union occupied Latvia, the holiday was suspended. It was reinstated when the nation regained its independence in 1990.

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Proclamation of the Republic 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.
  • The proclamation took place in the Riga Theatre where a red and white flag was chosen along with the national anthem.
  • The first few months of independence were very difficult as German forces remained, Russian Bolshevik forces appeared and Latvia had no army of its own.
  • From 1940 until 1991, independence was once again lost but to the Soviet Union.
  • I am rich, I own everything that has happened to me - Maris Caklais, Latvian poet

Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the military parade in Riga. High-ranking politicians and military men are usually in attendance. There is also an air show and troops from Latvia and other allied countries participate.
  • Enjoy the Festival of Light Staro Riga which is held over 4 days through Independence Day. The Festival starts in the evening and features a myriad of entertainment.
  • Enjoy the Latvian Independence Day dance show at Kipsala Hall in Riga. Tickets are available online.
  • 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 #RepublicDayLatvia.

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