IT MEANS MOTHER NATURE.

AND IT’S TRUE.

Summer Solstice at Pokaiņi

21 03 2015

The celebration of the Summer Solstice at Pokaiņi Forest June 21 attracted more people than ever before, and they were all welcomed with song and dance by the Rundāle folklore ensemble “Svitene”. Each person received a souvenir – ethnic solstice symbols made from local hazel-nut, and then everyone listened to a briefing from Ivo Puriņš and Lauris Daņilovs (Burtnieki team) before venturing into the enchanted forest for Zikurāta, where a fire ritual was to happen. High Priests of yore once conducted this tribute to the forest itself, the green earth, and the spirits in the sky. Each participant was able to place in the flames the sacrificial objects they had brought with them, and/or the grey peas or seeds from the joint dish. Afterwards, the revelers headed back to the meadow where truly delicious herbal tea and various foods were served. Traditionl dance routines in rhyme and song – led by the “Svitene” ensemble, were next on the agenda. Then the participants went to the solar equinox-zodiac rotunda in the sacred birch grove at Skaņaiskalns. Baltais kalns and its huge bonfire was the locale for the merrymaking till dawn, together with the Burtniekians, but – as it is at Summer Solstice, this time frame is extremely brief.

Does it go without saying that each individual should be privy to such soul cleansing opportunities in natural surroundings – to rejuvenate and bring back feelings of kindness and fond affection.

 

And, as they say, “the beat goes on”!  July 11 at Pokaiņi-Ozolkalns, the folklore groups ”Grodi’’ and ”Garataka’’ performed their “power-packed” song programme.

LVM wishes for one and all to experience and enjoy the magic found on the paths at Pokaiņi Forest! 

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