As the idea of Christmas catches on with more and more people in Latvia, celebrations are being marked with a mix of traditional and modern elements. This year, Advent has gained ground, though without most of its Christian solemnity, as Katya Cengel reports.In Latvia, Advent is considered a time of preparation for Christmas, much as elsewhere in the Christian world. But that's where the similarities end. A strict Christian interpretation means the four Sundays preceding Christmas should be a time for fasting as the faithful prepare for Christ's second coming. Festivities are discouraged.La...
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