Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Thursday, February 16th. There are until the next observance.
The Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania, which is observed on February 16, is one of the two Lithuanian Independence Day festivities. It is the time of year when the country is decked out in its national colors of yellow, green, and red. Few countries have two days of independence. Because Lithuania was once an independent nation and the biggest in Europe as recently as the 13th century, regaining independence from foreign authorities is all the more significant because it allows it to recover its lost splendor.
📆 When is Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania?
This year, Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania is on February 16th. It is the 3rd Thursday in February; in 2024, it is on Friday.
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📜 History of Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania
Lithuania was an autonomous European nation with a rich historical heritage before the 13th century and until the late 18th century. However, the Russian Empire acquired control of the nation and held it until the First World War. Between 1914 and 1917, German forces moved into Lithuania. When the Russians fought back, the Germans gave the Lithuanians the choice of joining them or the Russians. They thought the Lithuanians would choose them.
The valiant Lithuanians, on the other hand, chose neither Germany nor Russia and declared their independence from German authority on February 16, 1918. This was Lithuania’s first declaration of independence. Because Lithuania had previously been an independent nation, the day was dubbed “Restoration of the State Day” in Lithuania to commemorate their regained sovereignty. Since then, the country has celebrated its independence on February 16 every year. Unfortunately for them, their freedom was brief, lasting only 22 years before the Soviet Union took over the nation in World War II. As a result, the country is one of the few to have been invaded by the Russians twice. The Russians ruled the country even after WWII ended, until Lithuanians joined forces with Estonians to hold rallies and seek independence once more. Their efforts were rewarded in 1990, and they recovered their independence on March 16—adopting yet another Independence Day.
☑️ Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania facts
✅ Painting the river green
Every year on Saint Patrick’s Day, the River Vilnia in Lithuania is painted a brilliant emerald green.
✅ A national perfume
Lithuania has its own national perfume, “The Scent of Lithuania,” which is produced with wildflowers, raspberry, ginger, musk, and sandalwood.
✅ Covered in forests
Forestland covers around one-third (40%) of the country.
✨ Things to do on Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania
⚡ Organize fun events
Plan enjoyable activities such as local music concerts, dancing, theatrical arts, and so forth. Ensure that all events highlight the country’s rich past.
⚡ Embrace Lithuanian culture
Respecting and even embracing a country’s and its people’s culture is one of the highest compliments you can pay to them. To show respect, dress up in their traditional clothes, play their folk music, and make some of their favorite foods.
⚡ Fly the flag
The Lithuanian flag is surely a source of tremendous pride for the country’s people. Not only should you fly the flag, but you should also get body art and wear the colors yellow, red, and green, which are Lithuania’s national colors.
📅 Restoration of the State Day in Lithuania Observances
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