Public holidays in Latvia

This is a list of holidays in Latvia.

Date English Name Local Name Notes
1 January New Year's Day Jaunais Gads
Moveable Friday Good Friday Lielā Piektdiena
Two days after Good Friday Easter Sunday Pirmās Lieldienas
The day after Easter Sunday Easter Monday Otrās Lieldienas
1 May Labour Day Darba svētki The convocation of the constitutional assembly in 1920 also falls on May 1 and is also celebrated on this day.
4 May Restoration of Independence Day Latvijas Republikas Neatkarības atjaunošanas diena On 4 May 1990. Latvia proclaimed its independence from the USSR, and restoration of the Republic of Latvia. If the day is on the weekend the next Monday is a holiday.
Second Sunday in May Mother's Day Mātes diena
49 days after Easter Sunday Pentecost Vasarsvētki
23 June Midsummer's Eve Līgo diena
24 June Midsummer's Day Jāņi
Varying Closing day of the Nationwide Song and Dance Festival Vispārējo latviešu Dziesmu un deju svētku noslēguma diena The festival is normally held every five years in summer.
18 November Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia Latvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena The independence of Latvia was proclaimed on this day in 1918. If the day is on the weekend the next Monday is a holiday.
24 December Christmas Eve Ziemassvētku vakars This is when gifts are traditionally exchanged, usually children must offer a poem or song to receive their gift. Families still use real candles on their trees.
25 December Christmas Day Ziemassvētki
26 December Second Day of Christmas Otrie Ziemassvētki
31 December New Year's Eve Vecgada vakars