ligoIt’s time to celebrate the summer solstice!

IMANTA invites you to their annual Līgo celebration at Lake Isle on Saturday, June 27th, anytime after 2pm (for a map, email imantaedmonton@gmail.com).

Jāņi is a traditional midsummer festival that marks the longest day and shortest night of the year.  Jāņi customs—which include much singing, dancing and merriment, as well as leaping over the fire and burning last Midsummer’s wreaths—are believed to bring the aid of good spirits into the home, barn, field, and forest.  As an old Līgo song says: “he who sleeps during Jāņi will sleep for the whole summer!” Kas gulēs Jāņu naktī, gulēs visu vasariņ!

ligofoodWreath-making will start at 3pm and some flowers will be provided, but please bring flowers and oak branches if you can. There will be piragi-tasting and cheese-tasting contests as well, and we hope for many entries as last year’s winner defends his title. We will provide roast pork, wieners, salads, rye bread, cheese, dessert and refreshments. Bring a lawnchair for your own use. There will be a bonfire later, weather permitting. Remember to bring your old wreaths to throw on the fire.

1 Comment

  1. Hi there,

    I am looking for a person of Latvian origin for linguistic information. Someone rather with greater knowledge in baltic Latvian. I would like to know if such people exist in St Albert, Alberta and would like to meet me sometime for coffee. You can contact me by phone 780 651 6444 or by email: bruno@alset.ca

    Regards,

    Bruno

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