The date when the Niagara Falls will be illuminated in the colors of the Latvian flag has been moved from November 18 to November 17 so that a larger number of people may experience Latvia’s centennial event in person. The new date and time is November 17 at 9:00 pm (local time). In the U.S. and Canada the event will happen a day earlier but due to the time difference, in Latvia it will be the actual 100th anniversary of the proclamation of statehood.
As previously mentioned, the Republic of Latvia has the pleasure to celebrate its hundredth birthday on November 18, and one of the most famous water falls – Niagara Falls – situated on the border of New York State in the United States and Province of Ontario in Canada, will be lit up in the colours of the Latvian flag.
The Niagara Falls Illumination Board made the decision to honour Latvia’s centennial acting on an initiative inspired by American-Latvian Sandija Bayot and Honorary of Consul of Latvia in the State of New York Ahmet Oren, and upon receiving a joint letter from Andris Teikmanis, the Ambassador of Latvia to the United States, and Kārlis Eihenbaums, Ambassador of Latvia to Canada.
Niagara Falls is actually a collection of three waterfalls – and these are the largest waterfalls in North America in terms of the volume of water; they stand at a height of 176 feet and are located between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Niagara Falls are often lit up on special dates – in green for St. Patrick’s Day; in red and white on Canada Day; red, white and blue on Fourth of July; and during “Earth Hour” the lights of the waterfalls are turned off. Niagara Falls attract around 12 million visitors annually.
On 9 February 2018, an iconic building in the New York City landscape – the Empire State Building – was also briefly lit up in the colours of the Latvian flag.
Photo: Niagara Falls Illumination Board