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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Latvia public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of October 2019, and covering calendar year 2020 Latvia public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Latvia public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Oct
  • 1
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  • Latvia Mulls New March 17 Public Holiday

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The President of Latvia, Egils Levits, has asked the Saeima (Latvia's parliament) to legislate the declaration of March 17 as National Resistance Movement Day and October 15 as the Official Language Day.
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  • Jun
  • 23
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  • Latvia Mulls Extended 2020 Ligo Public Holidays

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The Ministry of Welfare of Latvia has is reported to be confirming earlier reports that Monday, June 22, 2020, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Latvia to link the annual public holiday of Ligo with the preceding weekend.
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  • May
  • 10
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  • Latvian 2020 Public Holidays Announced

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the draft rules "On the transfer of working days in 2020" annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2020.
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2018

  • Dec
  • 17
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  • Latvian 2019 Public Holidays Announced

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2019.
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  • Jul
  • 6
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  • Latvian Bank Holiday September 24

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The Bank of Latvia has in turn declared a one-off bank holiday in Latvia on September 24, 2018, on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.
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  • Jun
  • 23
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  • Latvian 2018 Public Holiday September 24

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The 100-member Latvian parliament has passed in its final reading, by a vote of 68-5, using a fast-track procedure, a bill declaring a one-off non-working public holiday in Latvia on September 24, 2018, on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.
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  • May
  • 24
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  • Latvia May 1 Public Holiday Swap Update

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - The bill which would cancel the annual May 1st public holiday of Latvia in exchange for the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday, on November 11, was passed today in a second, non-final, vote of the Seima.
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  • May
  • 2
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  • Latvia Mulls May 1 Public Holiday Swap

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - A bill which has been introduced in the Saeima which would cancel the annual May 1st public holiday of Latvia in exchange for the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday, on November 11, the day when Latvia traditionally remembers its fallen soldiers, and one week before the November 18 annual Independence Day public holiday of Latvia.
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  • Mar
  • 8
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  • Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Update

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - A bill which would make Orthodox Christmas a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia, passed its first reading in the Saeima (Latvian parliament), by a small majority of votes.
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  • Jan
  • 5
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  • Latvian 2018 Public Holidays Amended Again

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released another amended version of its previously-released list of the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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2017

  • Dec
  • 29
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  • Latvian 2018 Public Holidays Amended

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released an amended version of its previously-released list of the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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  • Dec
  • 14
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  • Latvian 2018 Public Holidays Confirmed

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia's Ministry of Welfare has confirmed the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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  • Feb
  • 26
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  • Latvian 2018 Public Holidays Announced

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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2016

  • Jun
  • 14
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  • Latvian 2017 Public Holidays Announced

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2017.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 5
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  • Latvian 2016 Public Holidays Announced

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the annual official list of official non-working national public holidays in Latvia, and bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2016.
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  • Jun
  • 7
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  • Latvian Public Holiday June 22

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia has issued a communiqué reminding the Latvian population that Monday, June 22, 2015, was a one-off bridge non-working public holiday in Latvia.
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2014

  • Nov
  • 15
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  • Latvian 2015 Public Holidays Announced

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released its annual official list of non-working national public holidays, and bridge non-working public holidays, in Latvia for the upcoming calendar year 2015.
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  • Nov
  • 6
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  • Latvian Public Holiday November 17

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia has issued a communique reminding the Latvian population that Monday, November 17, 2014, was a one-off bridge public holiday in Latvia.
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  • Apr
  • 10
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  • Latvian Public Holiday May 5

    The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga) - The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia has issued a communique reminding the Latvian population that Monday, May 5, 2014, was a one-off bridge non-working public holiday in Latvia.
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2013

  • Oct
  • 25
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  • Latvian 2014 Public Holidays Announced

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released its annual official list of non-working national public holidays in Latvia for the calendar year 2014.
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • Latvian 2013 Public Holidays Announced

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the official list of non-working national public holidays in Latvia for the calendar year 2013.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 9
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  • Latvian Orthodox Public Holidays Redux

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - Members of the current Latvian governing coalition have introduced into the Saeima (Latvian parliament) yet another bill that would add an additional, "à la carte", public holiday in Latvia so that each inhabitant of Latvia may choose to observe the religious holiday most important to him/her.
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  • Mar
  • 7
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  • Latvian New Public Holidays Shelved

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - Latvian Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, has announced that due to a lack of consensus within Latvia's current ruling coalition parties, further debate on the declaration of a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia had been "postponed indefinitely".
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  • Mar
  • 2
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  • Latvian Orthodox Public Holiday Rejected

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - Despite last-minute lobbying by Latvian President, Andris Berzins, the Latvian Saeima (parliament) has rejected another bill that would have made Orthodox Christmas an official non-working public holiday in Latvia.
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  • Feb
  • 25
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  • Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday Support

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - Latvian President, Andris Berzins, after a meeting with Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, has said that he believes that Eastern Orthodox Christmas should finally be recognized as a public holiday in Latvia.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • Latvian 2012 Public Holidays Amended

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The government of Latvia has amended the recently-announced official list of non-working national public holidays in Latvia for the calendar year 2012.
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  • Jan
  • 4
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  • Latvian 2012 Public Holidays Announced

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The government of Latvia has released the official list of non-working national public holidays in Latvia for the calendar year 2012.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Latvian Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill Rejected Again

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - Yesterday, the Latvian parliament (Saeima) once again rejected a bill declaring Orthodox Christmas as a public holiday.
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  • Jan
  • 5
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  • Latvian 2011 Public Holidays Unchanged

    Latvijas Banka (Riga) - The government of Latvia has announced the list of official non-working public holidays in Latvia for the calendar year 2011.
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2010

  • Jan
  • 8
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  • Latvian 2010 Public Holidays Announced

    Latvijas Banka (private communication) - The government of Latvia has announced additional public holidays on May 3rd, June 25th and November 19, 2010.
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2009

  • May
  • 21
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  • Latvia Confirms June 20-24 Public Holidays

    The Baltic Course (Riga) - Latvia's Welfare Ministry has announced that, in accordance with the government resolution adopted last year, Monday, June 22, 2009, would be a one-off bridge public holiday, creating a 5-day period of public holidays, from Saturday, June 20, to Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
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  • Feb
  • 13
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  • Latvia Fails To Pass Orthodox Christmas Public Holidays Bill

    Integration and Minority Information Service (Riga) - Yesterday, the bill declaring Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas as public holidays in Latvia was rejected in its third reading in the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament).
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  • Feb
  • 5
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  • Latvia's Parliament Moves Orthodox Public Holidays To Final Reading

    Baltic Course (Riga) - Today, the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament) approved in a second reading amendments to the ''Law on Holidays and Remembrance Days'' which will add Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas (January 6 and 7) as official public holidays in Latvia.
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2007

  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Latvia Declares November 19 One-Off Public Holiday

    Copp Clark - The government of Latvia has declared Monday, November 19, 2007, as a one-off, day in lieu, public holiday, due to the fact that Independence Day falls on a Sunday this year.
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  • Apr
  • 13
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  • Latvia Announces April 30 and December 24 Public Holidays

    Latvijas Banka - Latvia has declared Monday April 30, and Monday December 24, 2007, as additional public holidays.
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  • Feb
  • 25
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  • Latvia Declares February 28 Day Of Mourning

    Gulf Daily News - Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis has declared Wednesday, February 28, a day of national mourning, following the worst fire in the country's history, in which at least 25 people died.
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2006

  • Nov
  • 25
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  • Latvia Declares November 28-29 Public Holidays

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - According to Latvia's admirably creative legislation, November 28 and 29 have been declared public holidays.
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  • May
  • 25
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  • Latvia Law To Change Calendar Of Public Holidays

    Baltic Times - On May 25, the Latvian parliament in the second reading has passed amendments that will make August 15 a new public holiday in Latvia. From now on, August 15 will be the Day of the Great Mara, to celebrate the Annunciation of Virgin Mary.
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2003

  • Dec
  • 24
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  • Latvia Could Declare Orthodox Chistmas Public Holidays

    Telegraf (Riga) - At a recent meeting between the ruling Latvians First party and the Russian Orthodox Church leadership, Mr Jekabsons, vice-chairman of the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament) said he would be in favor of making January 7 (Orthodox Christmas) an official public holiday in Latvia.
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • Latvia's Parliament Rejects Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday

    Associated Press (Riga) - The Saeima (Latvia's Parliament) has rejected a proposal to make Orthodox Christmas (January 7) a new annual non-working public holiday in Latvia.
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2002

  • Dec
  • 20
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  • Latvia's President Recommends Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday

    Associated Press (Riga) - In a recent interview, Latvia's President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, prompted legislators in the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament) to make Russian Orthodox Christmas an official public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 26
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  • Latvia Declares December 30 Public Holiday

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia (Riga) - Latvia's Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decree which recommends that all governments, private enterprises and organizations shift the working day of Monday, December 30, 2002, to Saturday, December 28, 2002.
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  • Jan
  • 17
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  • Latvia Adds May 4 To Official Public Holidays List

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - Earlier today, the Saeima (Latvia's parliament) passed in its second reading, an amendment to the Law On Public Holidays And Commemoration Days which designates May 4, henceforth, as an annual official public holiday in Latvia.
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2000

  • Jan
  • 27
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  • Latvia March Public Holiday Update

    LETA News Agency (Riga) - A motion submitted by the Union for Fatherland and Freedom (LNNK), proposing that the law on public holidays and commemorative days be amended to designate Legion Day, on March 16, an annual commemorative day for the World War II Latvian Legion soldiers, was rejected in its second reading by the Saeima (Latvia's Parliament).
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1999

  • Oct
  • 21
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  • Latvia To Scrap March 16 Public Holiday

    Latvian Television (Riga) - A majority of the deputies in Latvia's national assembly have given their support for a motion to debate the removal of the March 16, Latvian Soldiers' Memorial Day, from the list of Latvia's public holidays.
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See also: Latvia bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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