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Jekaupa Diena

In ancient Latvia, Jekaupa Diena ("Jacob's day") was a festival held on July 24. It was the start of the harvesting season. The townsfolk held feasts from their freshly harvested grain and gave neighbors gifts of bread.

Weddings were lucky if held on this day. A bright sun was also lucky; a cloudy day was a portent of snow; rain caused a low harvest yield. Unless it was a new moon, old seeds had to be sown. It was unluckly to walk through cabbage fields; if the cabbage heads hadn't appeared yet, they would not. Hay could not be brought into a barn, or risk the wrath of Perkons.

Alternative: Jekaba Diena



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