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About Midsummer
The Summer Solstice festival is a traditional European festival which takes place on a day from June 21 to June 22. Midsummer is called Jani or Ligo festival. It is a national holiday, celebrated by everyone in Latvia. Latvian celebrates this day by singing Latvian folk songs all night. A bonfire is set which lights all over the night and jumping over it is a tradition. A traditional special type of cheese with caraway seeds, made out of curd called Janu cheese and beer is made by Latvians, which is consumed by them and gifted to others along with their greetings. The day before Midsummer is often known as Herb Day as herbs and flowers are collected at Jani. The herbs and roots are collected for their significant healing powers. Latvians have a tradition of wearing wreaths of flowers and herbs for women and leaves for the men. In respect to festival name, oak wreaths are worn by men named Janis. According to the Latvians custom, a fern that is believed only to bloom on this night and is said to bring love and happiness to all who find it, so young people go into the forest to hunt for a fern. The annual celebration of the Summer Solstice Ligo Diena is said to be the longest day of the year. Latvians pray for good harvest in the autumn. According to Latvians, the Jani-fire sublimates, improves health, and drives away evil powers.
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