Latvia invites marking independence restoration around white-clad table

On May 4, Latvia's Independence Restoration Day, Latvians across the world are invited to participate in the White Tablecloth Celebration to commemorate what was a new beginning for Latvia in 1990 as the country adopted a declaration to restore its independence from the Soviet Union.

The celebration is an initiative of the Latvian Centenary Bureau, a body set up by the Ministry of Culture to coordinate the celebration of Latvia's founding centenary in 2018. 

The Latvian Institute describes the idea behind the White Tablecloth Celebration thus: family, friends and neighbors get together around a table, share a light jointly prepared meal, and use the chance to discuss the future plans of their courtyard, neighborhood, city, region and country.

On May 4, everyone is invited to gather around a table clad in white, and share photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #mans4maijs or #BaltaisGaldauts.

The Latvian Institute invites their neighbors -- people working around the Cathedral Square (Dome Square) -- to join the White Tablecloth Celebration on May 2 in the yard of the State Inspection for Heritage Protection on Pils st. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

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