Category: Celebrations

Latvian Christmas decoration - puzurs

Ziemassvētki (Christmas)

Celebration of Christmas in Latvia is rich in tradition with a sprinkling of superstition. Although now Christmas has been tamed down to a quiet family celebration, it used to be...

Latvian Easter eggs coloured with onion peel | latvianeats.com

Lieldienas (Easter)

Lieldienas (Easter) is a celebration of the arrival of spring and sun, the spring equinox. With the rise of Christianity, Lieldienas was celebrated on the day coinciding with Easter Sunday....

Gingerbread

Gingerbread

Christmas in Latvia cannot be imagined without baking tray upon tray of gingerbread (piparkūkas). It is a national pastime in the days leading up to Christmas – store brought gingerbread...

Cured salmon sandwich

Cured salmon

Salt-cured salmon (mazsālīts lasis) has been a delicacy for a while – it was served to upper classes and was highly regarded in the Late Middle Ages, while in early...

piragi bacon pies

Pīrāgi

Speķa pīrāgi or bacon pies/pasties have become the most popular and most recognised of Latvian treats. Traditionally they would be eaten at any major celebration, be it birthday, Chistmas or...