As everywhere in the world Latvians celebrate Christmas starting with Christmas Eve on December 24. December 25 Christmas Day is known as First Christmas and December 26 as Second Christmas. This is similar to the English Christmas where they celebrate Boxing Day on December 26 so they too have two Christmases.
One of the hardest things is to explain is ancient Latvian traditions. Christmas Eve used to be called”Bluka vakars” this loosely translated means” Log Night” The activities that everyone engaged in on this night were log rolling in order to mimic the course of the sun. Some people also called it “Kuku Night” which stems from an old holiday eating ritual. The dish was called “Kukis” and it has no actual translation. It meant that eating this dish on this night would bring the household wealth and prosperity.