Republic Of Latvia Proclamation Day

In Latvia, the Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day is a big deal. It’s the national day of the country and is observed annually on the 18th of November. This holiday is known locally as “Latvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena” and it commemorates the country’s declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation following WWI.

Although it would only remain an independent state until WWII, when it was occupied by the Soviet Union, and it wouldn’t become an independent state again until the early 1990s, this holiday has still maintained its importance over the years. It’s a day that’s now enthusiastically celebrated by the general population and is a public holiday for the people of the Republic of Latvia.

The History of the Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day

When World War I ended and Latvia was able to gain its independence from Germany and Russia, this holiday was established. During the 1920s, torchlight processions were added to the ceremonies and remained in place for many years.

Of course, during the Soviet occupation of the country, the torchlight processions and other activities related to this holiday were suspended. They were brought back in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union when Latvia once again became an independent republic.

Observing the Republic of Latvia Proclamation Day

On this holiday, there are plenty of events for people to take part in. These include concerts, parades, festivals, carnivals, and fireworks. Torchlight processions have returned as well, as has the more modern tradition of singing the Latvian national anthem.

There is also a military parade on this holiday that features the Latvian National Armed Forces. Originally, that was the only armed force that took part in this military parade, but after they joined NATO in 2004, some of their allied partners have now participated in the parade as well.

Where is it celebrated?
Latvia (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 18 Monday
Next year (2025)
November 18 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
November 18 Saturday