0 Likes

Winter Solstice ritual in Old Riga, Latvia
Riga

Yule Log Night, a traditional Latvian event celebrating the winter solstice and the re-birth of the Sun, took place in Old Town on the 21st December.

The ritual started at the Dome Square, the heart of Old Riga. Ķekatas – people dressed in beast costumes – get together singing songs that are aimed to send away evil spirits.

They drag the log across the town to collect all bad and evil that has accumulated here throughout the year. Later they return to the square and set the log afire, celebrating the new solar year with good spirits.


Roots of this tradition go back to pagan times, when winter and summer solstice were the most essential dates in the agricultural calendar of our ancestors.

Watch this panorama with sound here - http://www.virtuallatvia.lv/Tours/WinterSolstice/Tour.html

View More »

Copyright: Vil muhametshin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6000x3000
Uploaded: 25/12/2010
Updated: 25/06/2014
Views:

...


Tags: ziemas saulgrieži; doma laukums; bluķa vakars; ugunskurs; latvija; winter solstice; pagan; bonfire; doma square
comments powered by Disqus

Valdis Salekalns
Staro Rīga!
Vil Muhametshin
Winter fair at Dome Square in Old Riga
Vladimir Petrov
Riga, Dome Square
Сергей Мордвинцев
Старая Рига
Min Heo
Traditional Latvian Performance
Igor Dubakov
Winter fun
Vil Muhametshin
Early Morning at Dome Square in Old Riga, Aerial View
Vil Muhametshin
The Dome Square
Vil Muhametshin
The Dome Square
Sergej Esnault
The Dome Square at night - Riga - Latvia
Vil Muhametshin
Christmas Market at Doma Square in Old Riga, Latvia
Vil Muhametshin
Winter Solstice on Dome square
kalaya dilok
Coffee Hill - khao kho - camp son - Phetchabun
Emile Duijker
lighthouse ameland
Sergej Esnault
Ancient town Thilā with water reservoir - Yemen
Pavel Flora
Blatnicka Czech Republic
Naum Krstanovski Nakka
Cancun Mexico
luis davilla
Sucre2
Sahneh
Alborz Mountain, Haraz Road
David Outrata
Chata
www.360tourist.net
Fish Market In
Astrolabio Colombia
Santuario de las Lajas, Ipiales Colombia
Vil Muhametshin
Juggling with torches
Noel Jenkins
Hams Hall substation control room
Vil Muhametshin
Palm house of Riga Botanical Garden, Latvia
Vil Muhametshin
Jardin du Luxembourg on a cloudy day, Paris
Vil Muhametshin
Inside the St. Joseph's cathedral
Vil Muhametshin
GANESH CHATOURTHI (the birthday of Lord Ganesha) celebration at the Temple Ganesh, Paris
Vil Muhametshin
Arkadija Aero
Vil Muhametshin
Basket maker at work in Old Riga, Latvia
Vil Muhametshin
Karosta military detention centre or Karosta prison
Vil Muhametshin
Skeppsholmsbron - bridge to the Skeppsholmen island, Stockholm
Vil Muhametshin
Stone head at the Livu Square in Old Riga
Vil Muhametshin
Entrance to the metro station “Châtelet”
Vil Muhametshin
In the ring... during the box training at Liepaja Olympic Centre, Latvia
Vil Muhametshin
Laflora Aero 7
More About Riga

Originated from a small fishermen village, for centuries Riga has been an important part of the trade chain between Russia and Western Europe. A lively crossroad of cultures and backgrounds for over 800 years, the historical centre of Riga has accumulated an impressive cultural baggage and today is justly included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.