Lifelong Learning Multirateral School Project. OLAINE SECONDARY SCHOOL No 1 2011, Olaine, Latvia. Life styles in the past and present – traditional family values. By Evita Krevņeva, Veronika Šteņa , Form 8c Olaine Secondary School No1 2011.
OLAINE SECONDARY SCHOOL No 1
2011, Olaine, Latvia
By EvitaKrevņeva, Veronika Šteņa, Form 8c
Olaine Secondary School No1
In the country adults worked in the fields and woods, bred cattle, sold home-made goods at the street markets.Those who lived in cities worked in factories.
Women did a lot of housework, looked after children and cattle at home.
Women didn’t have equal rights with men. Only in the late 19th C. they got them.
Children from poor families didn’t go to school, because they had to work. They could neither read nor write.
Children from rich families went to schools, but schools were separate for girls and boys.
Today people prefer living in the city. People from the country move to big cities, because of better living conditions.Latvian life style in the present.
Nowadays families aren’t so big as they used to be. Average families usually have 1-3 children.
Both parents are making careers. Women also work hard and have equal rights with men.
Children are well-educated today, because the 9 year education is obligatory, after that they can go to secondary or vocational school. Later they can go to university.
Nowadays the Latvians celebrate Christmas following ancient traditions. They decorate their houses with ornaments made of straw, wood and other natural materials.Christmas.
One of the most popular traditions in Latvian culture is stilts walking. People put on masks and go to other houses. It symbolizes blessing and drives evil spirits away.
Nowadays a lot of traditions have come from other countries. For example, gingerbread baking.
At Easter people paint eggs with onion peels, camomile, rye sprouts, blueberries and hay.
Also at Easter people must swing on a swing, because people used to believe that swinging helps to keep mosquitoes away.
In Latvia people dress up national costumes and make wreathes of fresh flowers. Men put on oak leaves wreathes.
Some families like to spend their free time together doing different activities. For example, grandmothers, mothers and daughters do handicrafts.Grandfathers, fathers and sons work in the garage.Free time activities.
On summer holidays the most popular free time activity is travelling. People go sightseeing, buy souvenirs, take photos of interesting places.
Latvian families like cooking very much. On holidays or days off they try to cook something new and unusual. Some families have picnics. They invite some friends to taste their meals.