Lāčplēsis Day

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People commemorating the fallen by placing candles on and by the wall of Riga Castle

Lāčplēsis Day (Latvian: Lāčplēša diena) is a memorial day for soldiers who fought for the independence of Latvia. It is celebrated on November 11 marking the victory over the West Russian Volunteer Army – a joint Russian-German volunteer force led by the warlord Pavel Bermondt-Avalov – at the Battle of Riga in 1919 during the Latvian War of Independence.[1][2][3] A popular Lāčplēsis Day tradition since 1988 is placing candles on and by the wall of Riga Castle.[4]

The name of the memorial day is related to Order of Lāčplēsis, which in turn is named for the protagonist of the Latvian national epic, Lāčplēsis.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Patriotism swells during holiday week". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Latvia remembers Lacplesis Day". The Baltic Times. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Latvia celebrates Lāčplēsis Day". Baltic News Network. November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "World public invited to light a 'virtual' candle for Lāčplēsis day". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2016.

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