DAY 11 (celebrations and holidays)

Holidays are important in every culture. Latvians celebrate common holidays like Christmas, Mother’s Day and Independence Day and they also have unique holidays, celebrated in a very traditional way. One such holiday is Jāņi – Midsummer Day. We will talk about holiday in later lessons. For now, let’s learn main holiday vocabulary and how to wish someone a Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!

brīvdienas – holidays

Dzimšanas diena Birthday
Vārda diena Name Day
Valentīndiena Valentine’s Day
Sieviešu diena Intl. Woman’s Day
Lieldienas Easter
Mātes diena Mother’s Day
Darba svētki Labour Day
Līgo diena Midsummer Eve
Jāņu diena / Jāņi Midsummer Day
Tēvu diena Father’s Day
Zinību diena Knowledge Day (1st day of school)
Neatkarības diena Independence Day
Ziemassvētki Christmas
Jaunais gads New Year
Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā! Happy Birthday!
Priecīgas Lieldienas! Happy Easter!
Apsveicu Mātes dienā! Happy Mother’s Day!
Priecīgus Jāņus! Happy Midsummer Day!
Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus! Merry Christmas!
Laimīgu Jauno gadu! Happy New Year!

Click video below to hear pronunciation