The Winter Solstice or Yule Log Eve is celebrated on the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

As in old times, to ward off the darkness, cold, last year's mishaps, bad work and thoughts, people roll the Yule Log from one farm to another and eventually burn it. Burning of the Yule Log symbolizes the beginning of a new solar year and the Sun itself.

It is time for "casting happiness", fortune-telling, merrymaking, games and of course the Christmas market.

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Brīvības gatve 440, Rīga