New Year's Day
Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Christmas holidays (end)
Wednesday January 5, 2022
School holidays : Www.izm.gov.lv
official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
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Usually no school on Saturday
Uniform may be required
Dates confirmed dates till Aug 2022
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Monday February 14, 2022
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February
Saint Casimir's day
Friday March 4, 2022
cards/flowers : Patron saint of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia
Sports holiday (beginning)
Friday March 11, 2022
School holidays : One week later for 12th grade
Sports holiday (end)
Monday March 21, 2022
School holidays :
Daylight Saving Time
Sunday March 27, 2022
Special Events : At 1:00 am local times
April Fools Day
Friday April 1, 2022
cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.
International ballet festival
Friday April 15, 2022
Culture : Lasts 2 weeks -
www.ballet-festival.lv in Riga
Friday April 15, 2022
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Monday April 18, 2022
Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.
Labor Day/May Day
Sunday May 1, 2022
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .
Restoration of Independence
Wednesday May 4, 2022
Secular holiday : The country gained independence in 1920, and the Republic of Latvia was founded. The republic existed for 20 years until 1940, when the Soviet Union again occupied Latvia, for this time. The restoration of independence took place in 1991.
Sunday May 8, 2022
cards/flowers : Mothers day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mothers day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year.
One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world.
Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day.
In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howes Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and womens suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mothers Day, with her Mothers Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mothers Day in 1914
Sunday May 15, 2022
Culture : From 2008 onwards
Sunday May 15, 2022
Sports events : Www.lattelecomrigasmaratons.lv/ 2022 edition confirmed
Summer holiday (beginning)
Tuesday May 31, 2022
School holidays :
Thursday June 23, 2022
Secular holiday : Celebration of the summer solstice. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Friday June 24, 2022
Secular holiday : John is described in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. Another celebration is August 29th in remembrance of his beheading. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday