RIGA - Dynasties and battles are often mentioned in the anthems of other countries, but the Latvian anthem is clear and deep in its simplicity, President Egils Levits says as the Latvian anthem "God bless Latvia!" marks its 100th anniversary.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the song written by Karlis Baumanis at the sitting of the Constitutional Assembly of Latvia on June 7, 1920 - when the prayer "God bless Latvia!" was confirmed as the national anthem.
In honor of this event, Levits shares his thoughts on the Latvian national anthem.
The president points out that any national anthem expresses deeper ideas about the country, about their people, as well as about history and future wishes and dreams.
The central concept in the Latvian anthem is Latvia. As Levits puts it, when the anthem came out, the idea of Latvia was a new one. Latvia as a united country - not a state at that time. No more Kurzeme, no more Vidzeme, no more Latgale, but Latvia. Latvia as one definite part of the world. Latvia, which can be found on the world map.
"There was a huge power in this new concept - Latvia - from the very beginning,'' he said.
The president notes that dynasties, battles and heroics are often mentioned in the anthems of other countries, but not at all in the Latvian anthem. Levits emphasizes that the Latvian anthem is clear and deep in its simplicity, moreover, it is peaceful and human.
"We are very democratic - Latvians just want to live peacefully in their place, in their country, undisturbed from the outside. We can, of course and want to shape our own life, our country, our nation,'' Levits said.