In Latvia, Adam and Eve celebrate Christmas eve

It's the festive season in much of the world, but people in Lavia get to celebrate even more than most thanks to the tradition of celebrating name days (when all people of a certain name are special) as well as birthdays.

And according to a seasonal news release from the Latvian Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), Adam and Eve will be among the celebrants with 9,352 women named Ieva and 191 men named Ādams will celebrating their name days on Christmas Eve

According to the number-crunchers 14,572 residents celebrated their birthdays during Christmas in 2015 – 5,051 of them had their birthday on Christmas eve, 4,852 – on the Day of Christmas and 4 669 – on the Second Day of Christmas.

On 24 December 2016, 9,352 women named Ieva and 191 men named Ādams will celebrate their Name day.

In 2015, 39 babies were born on the Day before Christmas, 38 people were born on the first day of Christmas, whereas 48 babies were born on the Second Day of Christmas. The largest number of babies born on the Day before Christmas was registered in 2007, when 59 newborns arrived. The largest number of babies born on Christmas Day was registered in 2014 (57), whereas on the Second Day of Christmas – in 2012 (58).

Meanwhile export of Christmas trees has been exceeding imports since 2007. In 2015, Latvia exported 19,600 Christmas trees with a value of €215.9 thousand, whereas it imported 3,800 thousand Christmas trees in the value of €17.4 thousand.

As compared to 2014, the number of Christmas trees exported grew by 8 %, however, the value of exports decreased by 13%. All of the Christmas trees exported in 2015 went to Russia.

Despite the large demand for toys during Christmas, the import trends are varied. In 2015, Latvia imported plastic construction sets in the value of €6.8 million. They were mainly imported from the Czech Republic (74% of total imports), Lithuania (14%) and Poland (5%).

The value of doll imports amounted to €2 million in 2015, and they were mainly imported from Estonia (52%), Czech Republic (14%), Lithuania (12%), China (6%) and Germany (6%).

Latvia imported Christmas tree lights in the value of €1.9 million. The highest import indicators were observed in October, when imports of Christmas tree lights reached €834.9 thousand, which was almost four times more than in November (€218.3 thousand).

For more seasonal stats, check out the amazing graphic below:
 

 

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