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Post-Conference activities 
Latvian Midsummer celebration

The Līgo festival or summer solstice / midsummer celebration is the most significant celebration in ancient Latvian culture, aligning with the moment in the solar calendar when the shortest night and the longest day occur. Following this point, days become shorter, and nights longer, reaching their peak at Christmas or Winter Solstice, with the shortest day and the longest night.

The festivities are openly celebrated in communities, families, or with friends, and the essence is to spend the shortest night from sunset to sunrise awake.

It involves lively and joyous gatherings with singing, dancing, leaping over bonfires, washing in dew, enjoying rich feasts, and savoring beer. During Līgo celebrations, those who haven't found their significant other yet embark on a quest to find the "fern blossom," which blooms only on this night, promising to meet their other half.

Līgo celebrations take place throughout Latvia on the night from June 23rd to June 24th.

Currently, there isn't a precise Līgo festival program, but once available, you will find it here.

The nearest cities where you can celebrate Līgo include:

  • Sigulda

  • Cēsis

  • Valmiera

  • Līgatne

  • Drusti

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