Jāņi

Drew this last night. This is the first portrait I’ve ever drawn on black paper, hope I didn’t completely screw up.

I wanted to finish all my cumberbatch-related works before my 15th birthday last week, but that didn’t work out well, so here I am, still locked into my room, drawing fan art all night.

I’ve slept for like 4 hours in the past two days, because of Līgo celebration and this drawing. I’m so happy, this was the best Līgo & Jāņi ever! And the drawing turned out OK, so it was worth the time :)

Jāņi (pronounced [jaːɲi]) is the time when the forces of the nature are more powerful and the boundary between physical and spiritual world is the thinnest. The ritual fires must shine their light as far as possible (therefore to be made on the top of some mountain, on a pole; by the sea made of old boats on the very shore), while (especially the young) people shouldn’t sleep the night to be good-looking and capable. Men wear an oak leaf wreath made by hands of a loving woman, while all women wear flower wreaths, where every herb and leaf have special meaning - health, strength, luck, love etc. Seeking for mythical Fern Flower, that blooms on this night only, usually leads to mini-baby boom in statistics of Latvian population 9 months later. Summer solstice is a celebration of love, passion, closeness to nature, when it’s is in full bloom and everything is possible.

Priecīgus Līgo Svētkus! Happy Summer Solstice to everyone in Latvia who celebrate today! I wish I was there (I am in my heart), dancing, singing, eating all the cheese, drinking all the beer & jumping over the fire and searching for a fern flower (which blossoms on the shortest night, you must search in couples ;)))). Yaaaay!!! Līgooo! 😍💕🍻🌴🌸

Here is Līga jumping over the fire and wearing the oak wreath doodle ;) #illustration #andsmilestudio #latvija #līgo #jāņi

Priecīgus Jāņus visiem! Braši līgojiet, dziediet dziesmas, ēdiet Jāņu sieru un pīrādziņus, dzeriet alu, meklējiet papardes ziedu!

Tikai mašīnu gan lūdzu atstājiet mājās, lai nepapildinātu “melno” Jāņu statistiku.