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Midsummer Herbs and Grass Market at the Dome Square

The Herbs and Grass Market is held at the very “heart” of Old Riga on the 22th of June, one day before the summer solstice, or Jāņi (pronounced as “Yaany”), as this hugely popular feast is called in Latvian. Here you can find flower and oak leave wreaths for your all-nighter celebration around the bonfire, buy herbs and beautiful flower bouquets to decorate the house and simply enjoy that unique moment when Latvian meadows and gardens make their way to the city. Urban “herald” of the astronomical summer, the market takes place on the Dome Square already for the sixteenth season. It gathers not only flower and greenery vendors, but also many craftsmen – potters and cheese-makers, weavers and bakers, blacksmiths and basket makers, brewers and jewellers, carvers, knitters, pastry-cooks, tailors, farmers… Folk song and dance ensembles perform at the nearby stage, and together – friendly people, rich colours, merry melodies – they create that vibrant and festive atmosphere that you can only feel on the verge of a true Latvian summer.

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Eve of the Midsummer Festivity in Riga. 1842. Lithograph by Theodor Heinrich Rickmann. Interactive (zoomable) version >>Zāļu vakars Rīgā. 1842. gads. Teodora Heinriha Rikmana litogrāfija.

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