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People are called to prepare ribbons for November 18

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A ribbon resembling Latvia’s national flag and attached to our everyday clothing is not only a symbol showing for the national holiday week of November 11-18 – it is also a thoughtful gesture showing a person’s love and patriotism towards Latvia, says the Director of the Latvian Institute Karina Petersone.

According to her, Latvia now has a unique opportunity to celebrate the country’s foundation twice – on November 18 and May 4. Latvia was born on both of those historic dates in spite of the complicated situation and serious external pressure.

“The people expressed their will to live in a sovereign, independent country twice – in spite of military threats. Also, the Latvia that was founded in 1918 was finally won and strengthened is especially heroic fights against virtually invincible overwhelming force, which required much sacrifice – personal and otherwise. The Latvian people had surprised the world with their courage then, and they do so now,” – Petersone explains.

Director of the Latvian Institute adds that other nations celebrate their sense of belonging to their countries very glamorously, while Latvians have found and founded their own ways of honouring their historic heritage and honed them accordingly to their mentality in the last 20 years.

It should be added that Defence Ministry invites everyone to take part in the red and white ribbon folding events in Latvia’s regions before November 10. Ribbons have been supplied specifically for this event; their total length is 12 km.

Ribbon folding events will be featured primarily in cities that once participated in important Freedom fights and after which Latvia’s patrol boats are called – Skrunda, Viesite, Cesis, Rezekne and Jelgava. Representatives of those patrol boats and other important figures will participate in those events. Thanks to the initiative of Latvian residents, ribbons will be folded in Aluksne, Daugavpils, Jekabpils, Liepaja, Valmiera and Ventspils this year, Defence Ministry reports.

As it is historically known, the victory of the Latvian national army over the West Russian Volunteer Army or Bermontians in Riga on November 11, 1919, which then secured the future for the Republic of Latvia (founded on November 18, 1918). It became clear after this battle, that Latvia had successfully secured its independence. In the honour of Latvian freedom fighters, this day, November 11, is celebrated as Lacplesis Day.


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  1. Jaime Andrés says:

    What an interesting way of honouring that wonderful country!I feel so glad that some time ago I had the privilege of finding out about such a special nation and also meeting a great person and friend who’s from there. The more I learn about about Latvija, the more I like it!
    I can proudly say I’m a Colombian who loves Latvia!! I’ll be getting my ribbon soon, I can’t wait to attach it to my clothes!

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