The New Year in Latvia is celebrated with major festivities on New Year’s Eve, and a national New Year’s Day holiday on the following day, 1 January.
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Latvia is a tourist magnet around New Year’s Eve and the next two days. It’s a time when the local population is out celebrating with great pomp and style, but it’s also a time when cruise ships arrive and a multitude of special tours are organised for tourists.
Instead of the party ending at or soon after midnight, as in many other countries, New Year’s festivities begin right around midnight on New Year’s Eve in Latvia. They then continue through New Year’s Day and often into the day following as well.
There’s a lot going on in Latvia around the stroke of midnight. There are toasts, fireworks explosions, raucous parties, all-night music concerts, dancing events, and more all in motion.
Today in Latvia, many no longer cook special meals for New Year’s but simply go out as a family for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant, along with the tourists. Sauerkraut, piragis, which are buns filled with cooked bacon and onions, and borshch, which is beet root soup are all very popular menu items this time of year.