Swinging, swatting and sunning

  • 1999-03-25
  • Katya Cengel
There was snow on the ground, but Latvians went ahead and welcomed spring anyway March 20 with a festive celebration at the Open Air Museum in Riga.The beginning of the festivities involved string, singing and bad luck. The drill went something like this: identify the bad feelings or thoughts you want to shed, then tie a length of string around a branch and leave all that negativity behind.Things heated up after that. An elderly couple got the swing tradition going by stepping up on a large wooden swing while a woman dressed in a long skirt and apron beat them with branches to ward off evil...
The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times. If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times, please authorize yourself.

In case you don't have a subscription yet - please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section