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Latvian seaside towns gone fishing this weekend

July 10 marks the annual Fishing Festival (Zvejnieksvētki) in Latvia, with events and markets in many towns along the coast.

The Fishing Festival, or Sea Festival, began way back in 1936 and is celebrated to this day on the second Saturday of July. The festival intends to pay honors to the forces of nature and the power of people who make their living off the sea. It is customary that sports competitions take place, along with cultural events, concerts and, above all, fishmongering and feasting.

Some form of Zvejnieksvētki takes place in virtually every seaside town and city - Liepāja, Ventspils, Roja, Lapmežciems, Jūrmala, Kolka, Pāvilosta, Mērsrags, Engure, Saulkrasti, Carnikava, Ragaciems, and many others.

Check out the activities in the town nearest to you on the municipality websites and drop by for a fish! Or, if you are planning to drive along the coastline, you might encounter some unusually fishy traffic, so be prepared to spend some time on the road.

 

 

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