RIGA - The weather outside is colder, the fragrant evergreens begin appearing in the retail lots in Riga, and that can only mean one thing: get ready to eat, drink and be merry! Christmas and New Year’s traditions are very important in Latvian culture. In the distant past, the Baltic nation used to celebrate Christmas three days in a row, from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, as evidenced in the old daina (Latvian folk song): “Waiting for Christmas time, people are brewing the beer.Three nights of Christmas are coming, for all the people to celebrate.” Holiday meals were especi...
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