The National Theater, National Art Gallery and National Library all turned a shamrock hue to mark the occasion.
@IrelandEmbLat honoured to see Castle of Light @LNB_lv having a beautiful green shade tonight in celebration #StPatricksDay #GlobalGreening @Latvian_MFA @IrishLatvCC @LVinIreland @TourismIreland @JamesBKenny @NBurgessDFAT @NiallGibbons @GlobalIrish @LSM_eng @ltvzinas @DelfiLV pic.twitter.com/rAwZfwCVg4— Irish Embassy Riga (@IrelandEmbLat) March 15, 2021
The stunning National Theatre where the Republic of Latvia was proclaimed in 1918 goes green to celebrate #StPatricksDay #GlobalGreening @teatris @Latvian_MFA @IrishLatvCC @LVinIreland @Jekaba11 @Brivibas36 @TourismIreland @JamesBKenny @NBurgessDFAT @NiallGibbons @LSM_eng pic.twitter.com/jUz9GTS7H2— Irish Embassy Riga (@IrelandEmbLat) March 16, 2021
Latvian National Museum of Art, a majestic building joins #GlobalGreening for #StPatricksDay @LNMM_muzejs a jewel for art lovers @Latvian_MFA @IrishLatvCC @LVinIreland @TourismIreland @JamesBKenny @NBurgessDFAT @NiallGibbons @LSM_eng @ltvzinas @DelfiLV @dfatirl @GlobalIrish pic.twitter.com/tR32kdsiJj— Irish Embassy Riga (@IrelandEmbLat) March 16, 2021
Connections between the two states and their capitals go far beyond lighting effects. Around 40,000 Latvians make their home in Ireland, and in 2018 Irish President Michael D. Higgins made a memorable visit to Latvia.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs was among the first to offer St. Patrick's Day congratulations.
Only last year, even while Dublin was unable to celebrate its traditional 'Bloomsday' celebration of James Joyce and his writings, Rīga stepped in to provide a Bloomsday conference and ramble of its own, as a new Latvian translation of 'Ulysses' was commissioned from acclaimed translator Ieva Lešinska.
A very happy St. Patrick's Day to all our Irish readers!