Christianity was introduced to Latvia in the 13th century. However, the pagan beliefs weren’t completely replaced. Pockets of paganism endured, especially in the countryside, and these ancient roots are still visible even in holidays such as Ziemassvētki (Christmas) and Lieldienas (Easter). Often what originated as pagan ritual has survived as culturally significant tradition, and we celebrate both our religion and our tradition through our faith and our customs.
|Mikus in the arms of his grandfather|
|Preparing for the ātrā maltīte|
|Onkulis Alnis takes a turn during the pādes dīdīšana|
|Some take the dīdīšana a little more seriously than others|
|The happy pādīte in the arms of tante Zinta|