The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in association with the Latvian Institute (LI) calls on Latvians worldwide to take part in the Patriot Week project from 11 to 18 November, to jointly mark the Lāčplēsis Day and Latvia’s National Day (the anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia).

In honour of the holidays, the Latvian Institute will launch a series of articles and photographs on its Facebook account “Kaut kas mīļš no Latvijas” highlighting the history of the Latvian state and the selfless patriotism of its founders while inviting to look at the present day perspective of heroism and patriotism. The series of materials has been devised to promote the significance of national holidays and inspire ideas for a heartfelt celebration.

Throughout the Patriot Week, everyone is also encouraged to wear ribbon pins in the colours of the Latvian national flag. The MFA has sent 6000 m of ribbon to diaspora organisations and weekend schools worldwide, which can be used to make ribbon pins for distributing among the members of the Latvian community.

The MFA and the Latvian Institute invite Latvian patriots across the world to celebrate Latvia’s birthday together. To uphold the tradition of the Patriot Week, especially looking ahead to Latvia’s centenary, Latvians living abroad are welcome to create their national holiday photo galleries in social media with the hashtag of #patriotunedela.

Information about the Patriot Week will also be published in English on the LI Facebook account “If you like Latvia, Latvia likes you” and the official portal Members of the diaspora are invited to follow updates on the LI communication channels and share the information.

The Patriot Week supported by the Foreign Ministry seeks to encourage young Latvians living abroad to explore the origins of the Latvian state, to build pride in their belonging to Latvia and invite the Latvian community abroad to celebrate Latvian national holidays in their host countries.