On 19 June, the Latvian Embassy in the Republic of Korea held an event to ring in the Latvian summer solstice celebrations of Līgo, welcoming about 60 guests – the Latvian diaspora, Lithuanians and Estonians living in Korea, a group of the Korean friends of Latvia, foreign diplomats, and representatives from the cultural and media sector. The Ambassador of Estonia to the Republic of Korea, Jaak Lensment, also honoured the event with his presence.
Ambassador Pēteris Vaivars opened the festive gathering with an address, which was followed by Latvian classical and popular music pieces performed by a string duo – young Korean talents, BAE Jiyeon (cello) and BAE Seoyeon (alto violin).
Next, those present could get a hands-on experience of the Līgo traditions: they showed special interest in a joint sing-along, with not only Latvians but also others sharing the musical traditions of their home countries and performing songs in five different languages. In conclusion, the audience joined the Korean international choir, Camarata, in singing a Latvian folk song, “Bēdu manu lielu bēdu” (I don’t care about sorrow).
The guests were treated to special foods delivered from Latvia or cooked locally, including the fresh caraway-speckled Jāņi cheese, smoked delicacies, dark rye bread, Latvian beer, the traditional Latvian salad called rasols, and others.
The Embassy offers its gratitude to all the guests for their active contribution to the event, as due to them, a real Latvian Midsummer celebration could be experienced in Seoul.
Photo by Joel LEE
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803