Latvian Folksongs – Dainas

Latvian folksongs – or dainas – are the poetic expression of Latvian daily life over the centuries, encapsulated into succinct melodic phrases, or song-poems. They not only form part of the cultural heritage of Latvia but are also classed as symbols of Latvian identity. In the written form, dainas are most frequently two to four lines long, and may end with a refrain, such as “līgo” or “rotā” or “ramram tai radi ridi rīdi” or something similar.