On November 18, 1918, the state of Latvia was officially proclaimed, marking the beginning of its independence.

This declaration, however, led to a challenging period known as the Latvian War of Independence, where the newly-formed nation had to defend itself against the forces of the former German and Russian empires, as well as the Red Army of Soviet Russia.

The struggle for independence persisted between the proclamation and November 11, 1919, which marked one of the most complex periods in Latvia’s history. The battles during this time were crucial for securing the nation’s freedom.

Notably, in 1919, the victory against the Russian Army in Riga solidified Latvia’s genuine independence.

Despite being outnumbered and poorly equipped, Latvian fighters prevailed due to their bravery, heroic spirit, support from the Allies, and the inefficiency of the Russian Army.

Fast forward to the present day, and even amidst the challenges posed by COVID-19 restrictions, Latvians continue to celebrate their most significant day, November 18th, Independence Day.

During a patriotic week, Latvian students and faculty actively participated by collecting donations for the National Defense and Patriotism Foundation, “NAMEJS.” This initiative aimed to support veterans who served in the Latvian National Armed Forces and their families.

In appreciation, donors received a unique pin with a ribbon as a symbol of their contribution to the nation’s well-being.

On Latvia’s Independence Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly of Pakistan extended warm congratulations to the government and people of Latvia.

This gesture reflects the diplomatic and friendly relations between the two nations, as both entities acknowledged and celebrated Latvia’s sovereignty on November 18.

The exchange of felicitations underscores the significance of international camaraderie and goodwill in acknowledging and commemorating the independence of nations.

Latvia commemorated its 105th Independence Day with a surge of patriotism evident in various running events held across the country.

Notable among them was the ‘Izskrien Latviju Liepaja’ (Run Latvia in Liepaja) event, showcasing community participation with diverse participants, including mothers with strollers and extreme cyclists.

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These running events transcend mere athletic feats, representing a celebration of national unity and pride.

In Liepaja, participants embarked on a scenic journey along the Latvian seashore, passing landmarks like the newly constructed Karlis Zale Square, reinforcing the resilient spirit of Latvia.

Walking coach Imants Lochmelis emphasized the significance of such events in nurturing patriotism during challenging times.

Liga Rozensteina, a member of the ‘Velo Seals’ swimming group, highlighted the sense of togetherness and local pride fostered by these activities. Participants don Latvian team apparel and engage in relay swims, strengthening communal bonds.

The festivities culminate in a festive concert, symbolizing the joyous spirit of Latvia’s Independence Day.

Beyond the runs, Latvia’s 105th birthday celebration encompassed a special Saeima meeting, a military parade, concerts, and an address by President Edgars RinkΔ“vičs.

The parade, attended by various security and military personnel, concludes with a flyby. Citizens are encouraged to share their experiences using specific hashtags and social media accounts.

Notably, on Latvia’s Independence Day, Latvian flags are raised alongside Estonian flags, symbolizing the joint celebration of the 105th anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence.

This gesture underscored the interconnected histories and shared celebratory spirit of these neighboring nations.