By Kerry Kubilius. If you are planning a trip to Latvia , it's a good idea to learn a bit about the culture and traditions before your visit. Here's a look at the local customs. While the Latvian flag was officially reinstated in , the Latvian flag actually has a history that dates to the 13th century - making it one of the world's oldest flags. The flag's symbolism originates in a Latvian legend about the death of a Latvian chief.
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Baltic tribes arrived in what is now Latvia from the Pripet marshes around B. These included the Lettgalians, and the term Latvju derives from the peoples and province of Latgale. The most important minority group was the Baltic Germans, who settled there in the thirteenth century. Jews arrived in the seventeenth century.
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Folk dress in Latvia has played and still plays an important symbolic role in the preservation of national values and cultural heritage and in the creation of a common social awareness among people. Nowadays the traditional folk dress is worn for festive occasions both personal and national level. The garments not only display a social status but also origins and traditions of a particular region of Latvia.
Recently a colleague returned from a trip to Latvia and remarked on how beautiful the women were. A discussion ensued at which it was agreed that women in a number of other countries were also very beautiful but markedly less outgoing than the Latvians. My colleague further informed us that the latter event was not unique, having witnessed something similar himself.