Jāņi is a Latvian anniversary festival, which celebrates the summer solstice, the day when it has the shortest night and the longest day. Although the shortest night is usually on 21st or 22 June, the public holiday - Līgo Day and Jāņi Day is on 23rd and 24 June. The day before Jāņi was formerly known as Zāļu diena, which is now known as Līgo Day.
Things latvians do on Jāņi:
- Get together with their friends and/or family for a big feast, usually out in the country side.
- Obscene amounts of beer/kvass are bought days prior to the events. That obscene amount is usually consumed in one night.
- Eat so. much. Jāņu. cheese. and šašliks. Jāņi without šašliks are a Jāņi spent terribly.
- Make wreaths out of oak leaves (traditionally for men, but fuck gender) and a variety of grasses and flowers.
- Dance and jump over (if unlucky, in) a bonfire.
- Sing - or attempt to while being drunk - to Līgo songs - or sometimes karaoke versions of songs by Labvēlīgais Tips & Prāta Vētra.
- Some might go “look for the fern blossoms”- which is just an excuse to have sex in the bushes if you’re into that kind of thing.