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 Nov 17 2021

Latvijas Republikas Proklamēšanas Diena and the Largest Market Structure in Europe

'Latvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena', the National Day of Latvia, commemorates the anniversary of the declaration of independence of the Republic of Latvia from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918, after the end of the First World War. Subsequently, after a confused period of fighting, Soviet Russia and Germany finally recognized the new nation in 1920.

Various public events take place all over the country, including concerts and fireworks. Torchlight processions held by various organizations have been part of Proclamation Day celebrations since the 1920s. The largest torchlight procession takes place in Riga, the capital of Latvia, and attracts thousands of participants every year. Its route through the streets of the city centre traditionally starts at the monument of Kārlis Ulmanis, the first prime minister of Latvia, and ends at the Freedom Monument.

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Torchlight processions held by various organizations have been part of Proclamation Day celebrations since the 1920s.
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Lieutenant Colonel Andris works in the operations directorate of the Joint Support and Enabling Command. In a former assignment, he lived close to Riga Central Market and very much enjoyed the opportunity of getting fresh food in the historical building ensemble.

Did you know Riga Central Market is the largest market structure in Europe?

Riga Central Market (Latvian: Rīgas Centrāltirgus) is Europe's largest market and bazaar building complex. Built from 1924 to 1930, it is one of the most notable ensembles from 20th century in Latvia and has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list together with Old Riga in 1998. The main structures of the market are five pavilions constructed by reusing metal frameworks from World War I German Zeppelin hangars Walhalla and Walther from the former Vaiņode Airship Base, incorporating Neoclassicism and Art Deco styles. The market is 72,300 square meters (778,000 sq ft) wide with more than 3,000 trade stands.

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At Riga Central Market, you can buy Latvian-grown and homemade products, exotic fruit and spices, as well as manufactured merchandise. Each of the five market pavilions has got its own category - vegetables, dairy, meat, fish and gastronomy products, as well as an outdoor area with stalls and stands, the Night Market and 'Round the Clock Farmers' Market.

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Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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Various public events take place all over the country, including concerts and fireworks.
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The Latvian Prime Minister gives a speech and receives a military parade.
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Riga Central Market is Europe's largest market and bazaar building complex. Built from 1924 to 1930, it is one of the most notable ensembles in Latvia and has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
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The main structures of the market are five pavilions constructed by reusing metal frameworks from World War I German Zeppelin hangars Walhalla and Walther from the former Vaiņode Airship Base.
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