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COMENIUS MULTILATERAL PARTNERSHIPS Easter inLatvia PreparedbyM.Dunkers InLatvia, the Easter holidayconsistsofspecialdays: MoundyThursday, GoodFriday, HolySaturday, Easter…
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COMENIUS MULTILATERAL PARTNERSHIPS Easter inLatvia PreparedbyM.Dunkers InLatvia, the Easter holidayconsistsofspecialdays: MoundyThursday, GoodFriday, HolySaturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday. Inaddition to thepracticesoftheChristianChurch, manyLatviansobserveolderpre-Christiantraditionsaswell to welcometherebirthofnatureandthearrivalofspring. Howis Easter celebratedinthechurch? Easter is a happytime. It isfestivalofhopeandlight. It celebratesnewlife. Inchurches Easter willbecelebratedwithspecialservices. TheywillbereallyhappyoccasionsrememberingJesuscoming to lifeafterhiscrueldeathonthecross. Latvia, isa countrywherealmosteveryfeastencompassesChristianandLatviantraditions. Easter isalsotimeforcelebratingthespringsolstice, when, according to Latviantraditionalbeliefsandrituals, peopletry to helpthesoilwakeupandbecomefertile, byencouragingitsbenevolence. Forthemostpart, inLatvia Easter celebrationstakeplaceinthecentralsquares, aswellasincultureinstitutionsandmuseums. Easter isusuallycelebratedinthefamilyoramongclosefriends. Easter is a festivalofspringandthebeginningofnewlife. Easter symbolsarecolouredeggsandwillowbranches. The Easter EggpredatestheChristianholidayof Easter. Theexchangeofeggsinthespringtimeis a customthatwascenturiesoldwhen Easter was first celebratedbyChristians. Fromtheearliesttimes, theeggwas a symbolofrebirthinmostcultures. Eggswereoftenwrappedingoldleafor, ifyouwere a peasant, coloredbrightlybyboilingthemwiththeleavesorpetalsofcertainflowers. LatvianTraditionalBeliefs Easter morningyoushouldarisebeforethesunandwashyourfacein a spring to preservevitalityandjoyforthecomingyearand to enhancegoodspirit, healthandbeauty. Thosewhohaverisen first, wakeupthosewhoarestillsleepingandswatthemwithpussywillowsandsteamedbirchbranches, chanting "Apaļš kā pūpols, apaļš kā pūpols, veselība iekšā, slimība ārā" (Roundlikepussywillow, roundlikepussywillow! Healthcomein, illnessbegone!). Thisisgiving a blessingofgoodhealthforthecomingyear.Oneofthemostimportant Easter ritualsisthehangingoftheswingandswinging, sothatyouwillbespared bites frombugsandsnakes. No Latvian Easter iscompletewithoutcoloringeggs! Andonlynaturalcoloursareused, amongthemonionskins, bark, birchbuds, camomille, andotherfieldplants. Duelsareanothertradition. Eggsareknockedtogether to seewhichonesurvivescracking. Remember, thosewhoeateggswithout salt, willtell lies allyear! TheLatvianEthnographicOpenAirMuseumwillcelebrate Easter everyyear, andwillfeature a combinationofChristian, ancientandmodern Easter traditions.
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