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Monday, June 27, 2016

Midsummer in pictures

Midsummer celebration in Latvia
As I already mentioned in my previous article, I took a mini vacation right when the Midsummer feast started, which meant that I had four sunny, hot and just amazing days off. I spent the Midsummer holidays at my grandparents countryside near city of Ventspils and, honestly, this was one of the most amazing Midsummer celebrations I have ever had! Not only because the weather was amazeballs, but also because I had the opportunity to spend some really great quality time with my closest people and do some really cool and fun things together with them. Of course, we also continued some old Latvian traditions, as in making flower wreaths for women and oak leave wreaths for men, we also sung some folk songs, even sung about each other (something similar to a roast), danced and eat a lot (I mean, how can you not, if everything is so tasty?). As mum prepared for the whole event, the evening was filled with many activities and we almost didn't even notice the sunrise. Sadly, the sunrise was a it disappointing since we were able to see only a narrow rosy line as the sky was filled with heavy clouds. Seeing sunset and sunrise in one day is another Latvian tradition. The last time I sit through whole night was years ago, therefore, I am happy that  I stood till 5am :)
Did you celebrate Midsummer/Summer Solstice?

LV 
Kā jau pagājušajā rakstā minēju, pēdējās četras sutīgi saulainās dienas es pavadīju laukos Ventspils pusē. Man liekas, ka kāds beidzot, nu beidzot apžēlojās par latviešu tautu un deva iespēju pilnībā izbaudīt Līgo nakts un Jāņu dienas šarmu, jo tik lieliskus Jāņus man liekas, ka es savā mūžā nekad neesmu piedzīvojusi. Protams, ne jau vienmēr to vai svētki ir izdevušies nosaka laika apstākļi, bet arī pati svētku sajūta, kompānija un atmosfēra, kurā Tu atrodies. Šogad mani Jāņi bija izdevušies ne tikai tāpēc, ka es kā laimes luteklīte gozējos saules staros, bet arī tāpēc, ka pavadīju četras lieliskas dienas manu vistuvāko un vismīļāko cilvēku lokā. 
Jāņos, protams, neiztikt arī bez ierastajām tradīcijām, piemēram, vainagu pīšanas. Biju nedaudz vīlusies uzzinot to, ka mani Jāņu vainaga favorītziedi jasmīni bija jau noziedējuši. Šoreiz talkā nāca dažnedažādās pļavas puķes sākot ar madarām, margrietām, smilgām, āboliņiem līdz pat tādām puķēm, kuras nosaukt nu nekādīgi nevarētu. Un ziniet ko? Manuprāt, sanāca ne mazāk skaisti, jo arī dažnedažādībai ir savs skaistums un šarms :) Protams, ēdām daudz par daudz (bet ko gan darīt, ja viss tik garšīgs?), dziedājām Līgo dziesmas (pat apdziedājām viens otru!), un veicām dažnedažādus Jāņu rituālus un arī rotaļas (kas it sevišķi patika mazākajiem). Tā kā mamma bija pacentusies un izdomājusi kā īstenot šīs dažādās seno latviešu tradīcijas, laiks paskrēja nemanot un sagaidījām arī saullēktu. Diemžēl, tur mūs sagaidīja neliela vilšanās, jo debesis bija gandrīz pilnībā apmākušās un viss ko redzējām bija maza sārta maliņa.
Kā Tu pavadīji šos svētkus?
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
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Midsummer celebration in Latvia

Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia
Midsummer celebration in Latvia

~With love~
Maddie

21 comments

  1. Beautiful photos. You all look lovely <3

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  2. such a lovely photos!

    www.bstylevoyage.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow, you have a beautiful family, and the traditions are beautiful! And the place is so lovely, like from a fairy tale...

    M
    The Flower Duet

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    1. That is so sweet of you! I do feel like I have a very beautiful family, inside and out! :)
      Thank you!

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  4. Wow, you have a beautiful family, and the traditions are beautiful! And the place is so lovely, like from a fairy tale...

    M
    The Flower Duet

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  5. These are lovely and great shots. You're beautiful and blessed with a good family. :)

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. My God! Maddie, some of the pictures are so gorgeous! I have been looking at them again and again. And you look lovely. Enjoy the midsummer.
    Jenny’s Bicycle-Indian Fashion Blog!!

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    1. Thank you Rupa! I am so glad to hear that! I have always loved Midsummer feast and it's traditions + an opportunity to take beautiful pictures! :)

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  7. Lieliskas bildes! Tavam sunītim noteikti ir pozēšanas iemaņas! :D :)

    www.anetesdomas.blogspot.com

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    1. He, viņa gan ir nedaudz nepacietīga, bet esmu viņu izskolojusi :P

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  8. Looks like you've had such a great time and those flower crowns are so beautiful! :)

    xx, Matea
    www.smilesnapsparkle.com

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    1. I had so much fun making them! Thank you Matea!

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  9. I loooooove the colours in the pictures!! Such positivity!! :)

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    1. Aww thank you, I am glad that the positivity shines through! :)

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  10. Wow, I think this is one of the most nice parties in the world! I love so much the pics!
    xoxo
    http://www.donkeycool.es/

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    1. I couldn't agree more! :) I love Midsummer feast almost as much as Christmas! :)

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  11. These pictures are gorgeous!! I love the lighting! And all of those flowers crowns are stunning!
    ~Sara

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    1. Thank you Sara! It was a bit challenging to catch good lighting since it was getting dark faster than we could manage to arrange everything!

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Thank you for your lovely comments! ♥