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Springtime festivities in the Ethnographic Museum


In the mode of the ancient Letts, the Ethnographic Open-air Museum this Sunday, March 23, will host an all-day celebration of the arrival of spring featuring rides on the large swings, dyeing eggs in onion skins, horseback riding and husky-pulled sleds, rolling wooden eggs, making birdhouses. For a nutritious pause, at Priede’s Inn, the age-old recipe /combination of barley groats and potatoes/ „bukstiņputra”, can be sampled.

Folklore groups and the Museum’s artisans will head the festivities, starting at 12 noon. Attendees are urged to bring with them their Midsummer night oak-leaf and flower crowns (for a specific ritual), colored woolens or worsted (to decorate the swings), eggs (to color and to eat) and pussy-willows (for good health).

The Latvian Easter, if you will, marks the time of the year when day and night are of equal length, light triumphs over darkness, gradually the day becomes longer than the night. This year, the Equinox falls on March 20, but just as the ancient Letts, we celebrate for three days.

The Museum is located in Riga at Brīvības gatve 440. Open daily 10.00 to 17:00.

Entrance fee in winter months: EUR 2.13; students/seniors: EUR 1.42; children: EUR 0.71. Family package (2 adults+children under 18): EUR 4.27. No charge for pre-school tots.

Pay parking at Main gates (EUR 1.42). Lot free of charge at Western gates.