When in the UK, no matter how hard I tried, I could never find a pair o slippers I liked. I now know why. It seems like Latvia imports the 90% of the worlds production of slippers. Every home you go to has at least 20 pairs at the font door. All shapes, sizes and colours are available to the casual visitor. I dread to think what happens at Jani if it rains and celebrations have to be held indoors. Do homeowners keep a secret stock of them for such events? The ritual of taking shoes of when entering a home wasn’t something we did as kids. As one of five children who were constantly in and out of home, together with our five cousins I think mum would have had a heart attach If she had tried to make us take our shoes of every time we came inside. I have to admit though it is a very practical and respectful practice but one that still irritates me, a legacy from my childhood I expect.
Whilst on the issue of homes, every home I have visited has a money plant (naudas koks), a Christmas cactus (ziemassvetku kaktuss) and orchids (orhideja). Now can somebody please explain why these three, when there are hundreds of different indoor plants available at “Depot”. Inta tells me that when you plant a money tree you must put a coin underneath it and plant it in a green pot. This is meant to encourage personal and family wealth. I am told that if you keep the money plant in a kitchen you will always have food. Now if we work on the principal that the resources of the world are finite, it means that if somebody gets something, somebody loses something. So if everybody in the world had a money tree this wouldn’t work.
One final observation. Every home seems to have a minka (cat). Not sure why and have no theories? I look forward to your suggestions.
I am sure there are many more stories and old wives tales people would like to share. I look forward to reading your comments