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PHOTO: winter solstice celebration in Old Riga

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This Tuesday’s evening in Old Riga was livened up with traditional log-pulling through the streets of the old city, which culminated in log burning, folk dances, songs and games.

Winter solstice is that special time, when sunlight starts gradually coming back. This celebration, known in Latvia as Log Night, is often celebrated by other nations around the world under different names and in accordance with local traditions.

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