Monday, December 12, 2011

Latvia: Christmas remains banned

Lettland: Orthodoxes Weihnachten kein staatlicher Feiertag:

Latvia: no Orthodox Christmas public holiday

The Orthodox Christmas on 7 January is still not recognized as a national holiday. The Latvian parliament has rejected a request for this from the "Harmony Party". Over the past 20 years, the Parliament had already rejected several similar requests. The "Harmony Party" is particularly committed to the Russian Orthodox minority in Latvia, the membership of about 500,000 people. For the last 150 years, there has been in the country as well as a Russian speaking group also Latvian-speaking Orthodox Christians. They also celebrate on 6 January Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas.