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Bible to be carried to the Castle of Light first

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first book to enter the new building of Latvian National Library ‘Castle of Light’ will be the Bible translated into Latvian language, says the head of the library Andris Vilks.

This particular book was bought by farmers in the 19th century. They then gave this book as a gift to the Von Lansdorf family, which then donated it to the National Library. ‘There is a lot of symbolism there,’ – Vilks mentioned in his interview to Rīta Panorāma.

He mentioned that the Book friends chain has ‘its own technical and rational core’. This means there will be a literal carrying of books. But the fact that thousands of people will participate in it changes the very meaning of this chain. Usually only employees of the library participate in such events. A total of 15,000 books will be carried as part of this event. ‘It is not much. It is more of a pretty show in the context of Riga being Europe’s cultural capital,’ – as mentioned by Vilks.

Vilks says the books will be in no danger during this process. The books will be wrapped in protective sheaths. We hope Mother Nature will not do anything to make things complicated for the people helping us, Vilks noted in regard to the winter weather in Latvia.

He added that there will be quite valuable copies among those books.

Vilks will also participate in this event. ‘Yes, I will be there. Authors of this project want me to be the first in line,’ – Vilks said.

August 29 – Latvian National Library’s birthday – is the date chosen for the opening of the new building. Cultural events are planned for the Castle of Light for the whole of 2014. There will be exhibitions, conferences, discussions, concerts and other events.

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  1. Johanan says:

    A meaningful choice, indeed! The Christian faith consolidated Baltic tribes into the Latvian nation and in Europe, and the Bible translation into Latvian language greatly developed this language and promoted literacy. The Latvian Bible deserves to enter first the Castle of Light.

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  2. Margret Pegg says:

    This is fantastic news! In our charity shop in the UK/Derby we get many Latvian customers, very often Christian. Our very special friend, Zane from whom I got this link, is an ardent follower of Jesus too! :-)

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