Party hard down at the graveyard... Latvian-style!

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Providing welcome respite from the current slew of depressing and morbid headlines dominating the news is our favorite YouTuber, Anete Germane, the self-styled "Irregular Latvian", who is here to cheer you all up with an account of Latvians' love of hanging out in graveyards, cemeteries and anywhere else likely to house the final remains of former family members.

Yes, it's an explanation of the 'Kapusvētki' or 'Cemetery festival' which, while not quite as important as the Midsummer festival is on a par with Christmas in the grand order of things and knocks Easter into a cocked hat.

Checking the calendar, loading up the car with family members, rakes, candles and a selection of plants and heading for the family plot down at the approriate final resting place is something most Latvians do on a regular basis, and the courtesy can even be extended to former friends and neighbors who might not have any relatives of their own ready, willing or able to take care of them in the great hereafter.

"Even if you are afraid of death, it will not stop you from dying, so you'd might as well just not be afraid of it in the first place," smiles Anete, in what must be one of the best summaries of the Latvian mentality we have ever heard.

Enjoy more of her witty and informative videos at her YouTube channel.


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