Day of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia
October 20, 2021
Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena) is a national day of Latvia. It is celebrated on November 18 and commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, in 1918, following the independence of Latvia from Russia. In this historical period, which is so important for the Baltic country, the figure of Kārlis Ulmanis stood out. During the period of the revolution, Ulmanis founded the Latvian Peasants Union (LZS) party to claim Latvian independence. When he, along with other nationalists, formed the Latvian National Council to proclaim independence from Russia in 1918, he was immediately recognized as the head of the transitional government. On November 18, 1918, the National Committee proclaimed Latvian independence and Ulmanis became Prime Minister of the provisional government. Various public events are held across the nation, including concerts and fireworks. The great procession of the flashlight takes place in the capital Riga and attracts thousands of participants every year; its path through the streets of the center ends at the Freedom Monument. Another tradition of the Baltic country is the national military parade of the Latvian armed forces and still the singing of the Latvian national anthem by thousands of people. The holiday is not to be confused with Independence Day from the Soviet Union (May 4, 1990).