Fireworks are a very big thing here in Riga. In fact, we saw a package of Santa Clause sparklers!
Anyway, the evenings before New Year's Eve we saw people outside of our apartment shooting off fireworks and could hear some bigger ones coming from somewhere, but couldn't see them.
But on New Year's Eve, between 10 and 11 p.m. they began in full force. I went to bed and was able to go to sleep, only to be awakened at 2:00 a.m. with a huge blast--sounded like a canon, and people outside revelling.
The other thing they do on New Year's Eve is get drunk. This year was colder and more snow than a year ago. Sister Harper said last year there were people laying all over the ground the next morning, but we didn't see that. Alcoholism is a huge problem here.
Hard to believe it is 2009 already!!!