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About Midsummer Eve
Midsummer is called Jani or Ligo festival. It is a national holiday, celebrated by everyone in Latvia.Latvians decorate their farms with herbs, flowers and oak branches. The night before Ligo festival is Jani Jani is also known as Midsummer’s Eve. Latvian celebrates it by singing Latvian folk songs all night. Latvians sing and dance for whole night. A bonfire is set and jumping over it is a tradition. According to Latvian custom bonfire should light all over the night. 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. Latvia has 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 Latvian tradition, there is a magical fern which blooms only that night. Latvians believe whoever finds it that night, will get love and happiness. Young people go into the forest to hunt for a fern. The Ligo Diena is said to be the longest day of the year. Jani is said to be the shortest night 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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