Traditionally, the waking of birds occurs on the first Saturday after the spring solstice, and this year the spring begins on March 20 at 5 and 50 minutes. Bird waking is an ancient Livonian ritual traditionally held on the spring solstice morning or the first Easter morning when the song “Tšītšōrlinkizt” is sung, which is said to be of magical nature. The lyrics and more about tradition can be found here.
Not only does the wake-up ritual hasten the arrival of spring, it also has a magical powers: it strengthens your health and helps fulfill the desires of the heart. We invite you to post your captured bird waking photos and videos on the social media with the hashtag #tšītšōr or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the UL Section of 78th International Scientific Conference “DIGITAL LATVIAN LANGUAGE RESOURCES AND TOOLS IN COMMON RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE” Valts Ersnštreits talked about the electronic resources for Livonian language, its future and projects that are currently being worked on.
On the 900 seconds a conversation with the head of the Livonian Institute Valts Ernštreits and the head of the Salaspils mixed choir “Lōja” Ģirts Gailītis. The Livonian language is one of the main components of the Livonian cultural space, and in order to preserve it, the Livonian culture is asked to be included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. You can watch the conversation here.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia held one of the discussions on the new Cultural Policy Guidelines 2021–2027. A wide range of professionals met in discussions to prepare the new document. This document is being drafted with wide involvement, exchange of views and ideas, so that it can serve as a reference for the years to come.
On the International Day of the Mother Language everyone was invited to learn the Livonian language online at the UL Livonian Institute channel on YouTube, where the video recording is still available today. During the Livonian language lesson, with the help of researchers from the LU Livonian Institute, the Livonian children’s and youth’s summer school Mierlinkizt children and Salaspils mixed choir Lōja singers, they could gain insight into the Livonian language, and learn the Livonian folksong Tšītšōrlinkizt – a bird waking song, with which the Livonians traditionally sound the spring.
You can read more about the Livonian language week here.
We celebrated the International Mother Language Day at the UL Livonian Institute, organized by our institute with the support of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and the Latvian National Centre for Culture.
Livonian organisations have prepared a letter wishing to nominate the Livonian Cultural Space to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Immediate Conservation. On February 21, the letter was symbolically handed over to the Council of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Latvian National Centre for Culture. The Livonian cultural space has been included in the list of Latvian Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2018.
Experience the sound of Livonian on the LR1 broadcast honouring the Mother Tongue Week. The sound of Livonian #1–5 (https://lr1.lsm.lv/lv/tema/ta-skan-libiesi.b362/).
During the first meeting, opportunities for collaboration were discussed, i.e. Involvement of the Liv Institute in organizing this year’s Zemgale Russian gathering.
The topic of the meeting – Kārlis Stalte.
2020 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Liv culture worker Kārlis Stalte (August 9, 1870 in Mazirbe – January 12, 1947, in Feberlina). Many events will be directly related to his name in the Livonian cultural space this year.