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  • Title: Lāčplēsis
    Descriptive info: .. WHAT IS LĀČPLĒŠA DAY?.. What do Latvians commemorate on November 11? And how do we do it?.. 1918 - November 11 - The German Empire and Allies of World War I sign the armistice, which marks the end of World War I.. November 17 - The first legislative institution of Latvia, the People's Council and the provisional government are established - Jānis.. Čakste becomes the chairman of the Council, while Kārlis Ulmanis becomes prime minister.. November 18 - Republic of Latvia is proclaimed in Rīga December 1 - The Red Army invades Latvia.. 1919 - January 5 - The first armed unit of Latvia, 1st Latvian Independent Battalion, under the command of Oskars Kalpaks is formed January 31 - Most of Latvia is under the control of the Red Army April 16 - Baltic German mercenaries temporarily overthrow the government of Kārlis Ulmanis, which leads to three governments being present in Latvia at the same time - a Soviet one, the one lead by Kārlis Ulmanis and a pro-German one March-July - Various parts of the country change control with the Armed forces of the Latvian provisional government helped by Estonia fighting off the Soviets and The Baltische Landeswehr May - Ussuri Cossack and warlord Pavel Bermondt-Avalov takes over the White Russian volunteer unit in the Baltics from Prince Anatoly Lieven, who commanded a contingent in the Baltische Landwehr - in 1919, his forces joined those of Major General Rüdiger von der Goltz to form the so-called West Russian Volunteer Army.. October 8 - The West Russian Volunteer Army launch an over-whelming  ...   the morning of November 11, the bells of all churches in Rīga rang, signalling victory over the greatest adversary Latvia had ever faced.. The people cheered.. The triumph of the Latvian army wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Baltic, British and French allies and the civilians who fed the soldiers, attended the wounded, mended the uniforms and helped bury the dead.. Not only did the victory liberate Rīga and later - Latvia, but it also cemented the trust of the people for the still newly-established state.. Aftermath - Pavel Bermondt-Avalov abandoned his troops and fled to Germany.. Latvia signed ceasefires with Germany and the Soviet Russia in 1920.. Commemoration nowadays - It has become a tradition to place lit candles in the windows of the houses, honouring the memory of the fallen freedom fighters.. In Rīga, people light the candles on the bank of river Daugava - at the Rīga Castle wall.. A permanent reminder of the heroic deeds of the Latvian Army is etched on one side of the Monument of Freedom.. Domēna vārds Lāčplēsis meklē sev īstu Latvijas Varoni, kurš ieguldīs līdzekļus šājā brīnumainā Lāčplēša projektā.. Lāčplēsis ir Andreja Pumpura varoņeposa "Lāčplēsis" galvenais tēls, kas balstīts uz latviešu teikas tēla.. Lāčplēsis ataino tautas diženumu, bet viņa varonība simbolizē cilvēka drošsirdību aizstāvot dzimteni no iebrucējiem.. Ir sastopama varoņa vārda variācija - Lāčausis.. Šis vārds radies no viņa cepures lāča ausīm, viņa pārspēka slepenais avots.. 11.. novembris ir piemiņas diena - Lāčplēša diena - 1919.. gadā latviešu strēlnieki atvairīja Bermonta vadīto karaspēku, kurš mēģināja iebrukt Rīgā.. Jautājumu gadījumā griezties: lacplesis@lacplesis.. lv..

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