What: Jāņi or Summer Solstice Celebration
Where: Janis Hill, Turaida Museum Reserve, Latvia
Turaidas street 10, Sigulda, Siguldas region, LV-2150, Latvia
When: June 21st – 22nd Time: 19:00 – 5:00
About: Join Maras Loks in their summer solstice festivities ”Jāņi” in Latvia as they entreat members of the public with colorful and traditional Baltic customs according to ancient traditions on the grounds of the well known Turaida Museum Reserve.
From the museum’s website:
Jāņi is a somewhat mystic event, as, according to ancient traditions, you have to search for the Legendary fern blossom, wash your face in the grass`s morning dew, and gather herbal plants, which are said to have a special power midsummer.
Preparatory celebrations commence in the evening at 19:00 where women make wreathes, and men build torches and sun wheels, followed by other activities and blessing rituals. The first solstice fire begins with the sound of traditional Baltic horns calling participants to gather at the Janis Hillside, followed by storytelling, song and rituals for couples. Later in the evening a midnight fire is lit with more dance, song and ancient rituals. Another horn is sound in the early hours to gather participants to take part in morning dew rituals on Dainu Hill until they greet the sun and finish the ceremonies by the Gauja river.
For a full itinerary of previous year’s celebrations visit this page. The ceremony will take place in Latvian.
Below is a video from a local Latvian TV station about the event:
Below is a photo gallery from Maras Loks’s 2007 summer solstice:
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event. The organizers are: Maras Loks / Turaid Muzejs / Sigulda