Latvia celebrates 26th anniversary of independence restoration

On May 4 Latvia celebrates the 26th anniversary since the restoration of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. LSM brings you an overview of the main events taking place this day in Latvia.

The weather is expected to be warm and sunny with some spurts of rain and possible thunderstorms, particularly in the eastern regions of Latvia.

Opening of Latvia's National Art Museum

The renovated national art gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in what will mark a major event in Latvia's cultural calendar, with music galore by the museum starting 10.30 a.m.

The museum features a permanent exhibit of 19th-20th century Latvian art. Here's how the museum looks inside. And here's more info about the paintings on show.

Foreign guests will be thrilled about the new all-powerful apps (AppStore, Google Play) providing detailed descriptions of what you see.

White Tablecloth Celebration

Think what you may 4th about the idea of making up new rituals (here's what our editor-in-chief thinks about it), the all-new White Tablecloth Celebration makes up an interesting initiative by the Latvian Institute in a bid to "encourage Latvians throughout the world to start a new tradition on May 4, the Restoration of Independence Day – to gather around white-clad tables with friends and neighbors to celebrate this occasion."

If you'd like to, on May 4, gather around a table clad in white and share photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #mans4maijs or #BaltaisGaldauts. And if you're someplace warm and green, picnics are also likely to be a fine way of marking the day Latvia's independence was officially restored. 

In Rīga

The Freedom Monument will see performances by brass bands and orchestras throughout the day starting 11 a.m. while at 2 p.m. the events will culminate in the laying of flowers by the monument.

At 8 p.m. the concert Our Voices for Freedom will resound with choral and solo performances by Latvian artists, continuing until 9.50 p.m.

While you're wandering around the city center, it might be a fun idea to visit the Splendid Palace movie theater where the Latvian Film Marathon will be taking place 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with screenings of Latvian films old and new in movie theaters across Latvia.

On May 4, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted the Declaration "On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia" and renewed the 1922 Constitution of Latvia, making it a free and democratic state once again.

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