Weekend of Latvian celebrations under way around the world

With Latvia marking the centenary of its founding on November 18, events and celebrations to mark the historic occasion are taking place all around the world, with social media recording many of them for posterity.

Visitors to Times Square in New York, USA got an unmissable reminder about the centenary taking place on the other side of the Atlantic.

Also in the U.S., the hallowed halls of the library of Congress echoed to the sounds of Latvian voices.

There was also a memorable night closer to home in Estonia.

Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs provided a reminder that the annual Staro Rīga festival of lights is now underway, featuring 43 different light installations and illuminations around the Latvian capital.

People viewing the sights provided a steady stream of spectacular images with weather conditions seemingly perfect for the spectacle.

No less spectacular are the illuminations in Canada, with the Niagara Falls set to turn the colors of the Latvian flag.

On the other side of the globe, celebrations are also under way in Japan, which has seen a notable surge in tourists coming to Latvia in recent years.

In Italy too, the once-per-century chance to celebrate was not being passed up.

Nor should we forget our southern neighbors and fellow Balts in Lithuania.

 Earlier in the week a special concert in London, UK featured some of Latvia's most talented performers. It was broadcast live on national radio in the UK and Latvia and remains available to listen to online for a month at the BBC website.  

The full program of events planned for the weekend is available at the official LV100 website and numerous more examples of the ways in which people are celebrating can be found by searching for the #LV100 hashtag.

And we should also remind you that wherever you are in the world you will be able to follow the November 18 celebrations live at the special Visiem LTV online television channel.

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