Photo by Arta Flugrāte for the Latvian Institute

The Latvian Institute has invited its neighbors from the Dome Cathedral Square area in Old Riga to the White Tablecloth Celebration, taking place on Monday, May 2 from 11:00 until 12:30 at the courtyard of the State Cultural Monuments Inspectorate on Pils street 20. With this event the Latvian Institute would like to encourage Latvians throughout the world to start a new tradition on May 4, the Restoration of Independence Day – to gather around white-clad tables with friends and neighbors to celebrate this occasion.

During the celebration friends and neigh ours of the Institute will greet each other, wish Latvia happy May 4, sing songs, as well as enjoy treats prepared for the event at a small town bakery in Latvia. Special surprise in honor of this celebration will be presented by cartoonist Māris Bišofs, singer Normunds Ķietis and folklore group “Talsi”.

Latvia’s Centenary Bureau has invited Latvians in- and outside Latvia to mark May 4 together with their family, friends and neighbors, to celebrate independence of Latvia and discuss the future goals in preparations for the country’s centenary. In response to this invitation, the Latvian Institute organizes this celebration for its neighbors, and thus encourages Latvians residing outside of Latvia to celebrate May 4 in a similar way no matter where in the world they live at the moment.

The Latvian Institute in cooperation with news portal “Delfi” are requesting the organizers of different White Tablecloth Celebrations, especially the ones outside Latvia, to photograph their events and share pictures on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and others), using hashtags #mans4maijs and #BaltaisGaldauts. The portal plans to publish the photo feed on a special May 4 section on

More information about the White Tablecloth Celebration idea:

Photos from White Tablecloth warm-up celebration organized by the Latvian Institute in mid-April 

Media contact: Kaspars Rūklis, Public Relations Specialist of the Latvian Institute, phone: 67503653, 29405048; e-mail:

The Latvian Institute
27.04.2016, People