Summer solstice


On midsummer night, Sigulda will host a traditional event celebrating Jāņi, featuring caraway cheese making, singing traditional Jāņi songs, making wreaths and garlands, fortune telling, an interactive theatrical performance for children. Bonfires will be lit at 9 p.m., followed by lighting of the pūdele - a bonfire atop a tall pillar - at 10 p.m. The storytellers’ night will begin at 10:30 p.m. and continue until midnight when the traditional midsummer night rituals will be performed. The rolling of ugunsrats, a large wheel set on fire, is scheduled for 12:30 a.m., which is when a concert by the folk bands “Iļģi” and “Dandari” will start; next to perform, from 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., will be the Vītols family. Bathing in the morning dew will start at 3 a.m., and seeing the night out at 5 a.m.

Thematic division: Without thematic division

Begins : 20.06.2014 21:00


  • Turaida, Jāņa Mountain

Form of event:

  • Festival
  • Event

Category of event:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Participation of the public
  • Science
  • History
  • Tradition

Audience of event:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

Besides an extensive Jāņi midsummer night celebrations programme in Riga, Sigulda also offers the public an opportunity to participate in the traditional celebrations in Turaida. The participants will go through the entire list of traditional Jāņi celebrations from dusk till dawn - make wreaths, prepare caraway cheese, sing the traditional Jāņi songs, congratulate the hosts of the event, make large bonfires for the night to ensure prosperity and fertility, and much more.

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