Independence Restoration Day in Latvia
Independence Restoration Day is a national holiday in Latvia that’s observed every year on May 4th. Like other Baltic republics, this holiday commemorates this country’s restoration of the Latvian Republic declaration on May 4, 1990. Also known as the Day of the Restoration of Latvian Independence, this holiday is celebrated with a military parade and with a variety of other events all across the country.
It’s also a day off for the general population and if the holiday falls on a weekend, then the day will be observed on the following Monday so that people get their chance to have a day off of work.
The History Of Independence Restoration Day
The main independence day for Latvia celebrates the independence of the country from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918, after the conclusion of WWI. During WWII, Latvia would become occupied by Soviet forces and would become a part of the USSR. With the fall of the Soviet Union, many Baltic countries such as Latvia would regain independence from the Soviet Union. Latvia would proclaim its independence on May 4, 1990, and it would obtain full independence on August 21, 1991.
Facts About Latvia
Let’s go over a few facts about Latvia before moving on with our discussion of this holiday. We’ve gathered together quite a nice collection of facts below.
- The women of Latvia are on average the tallest women in the world.
- One of the biggest markets in Europe is Riga’s Central Market.
- One-third of Latvia’s population lives in the capital city of Riga.
- Latvia has one of the world’s fastest internet connections.
- The national sport of Latvia is ice hockey.
Observing Independence Restoration Day In Latvia
There are many events that happen on this holiday. There’s a flower laying ceremony at the capital’s Freedom Monument, and there’s an annual Freedom Celebration that features a military parade, and other special events.