The National Day of Latvia is on the 18 November (Declaration of independence from Russia 1918). This day is to celebrated annually the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia on the 18th November 1918. This marks Latvia’s independence from the Russian Empire after World War I.
National Day of Latvia
After World War I is when Latvia declared its independence from the Russian Empire on the 18th November 1918. However, this declaration was not immediately recognized by the Soviet Union, Germany, or other European countries. It was at this time that Latvia had to fight for its independence in the Latvian War of Independence, which lasted from 1918 to 1920.
Public Holidays on Latvia
In Latvia, there are several public holidays throughout the year. Here are the dates of the main public holidays in Latvia:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Good Friday – the Friday before Easter Sunday
- Easter Sunday – a movable holiday, usually in March or April
- Easter Monday – the day after Easter Sunday
- Labor Day – May 1st
- Restoration of Independence Day – May 4th
- Midsummer’s Eve – the Friday before the summer solstice (usually between June 20th-24th)
- St. John’s Day – June 24th
- National Day of Latvia – November 18th
- Christmas Eve – December 24th
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Second Christmas Day – December 26th
Note that some public holidays, such as Easter Sunday, Midsummer’s Eve, and St. John’s Day, are not official public holidays but are widely celebrated in Latvia. See also tas public holidays as well as Bahamas public holidays.