Holiday Calendar for Lithuania
Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of Europe. Local and regional observances typically involve festivals, concerts and special town gatherings.
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year
Sunday 5 May
- Mother's Day (Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Romania; celebrated on the first Sunday in May)
Wednesday 15 May
- Constituent Assembly Day in Lithuania (1920); Republic Day in Lithuania (1918)
Sunday 2 June
- Father's Day in Lithuania (celebrated on the first Sunday in June)
Monday 24 June
- Kupala in Lithuania (the holiday is associated with the summer solstice and the longest day of the year); St John's Day in Lithuania (Saint Jonas' Festival or Joninės)
Saturday 6 July
- Statehood Day in Lithuania (Commemorates coronation of the first king, Mindaugas)
Thursday 15 August
- Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu)
Friday 1 November
- All Saints' Day a holy day of obligation (a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries), and its related observance: - Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. (Mexico, Haiti); All Saints’ Day in Louisiana
Some lithuanian traditions
As a result of a thousand-years history, Lithuania has two National days. First one is the Statehood Day on 6 July, marking the establishment of the medieval Kingdom of Lithuania by Mindaugas in 1253. Creation of modern Lithuanian state is commemorated on 16 February as a Lithuanian State Reestablishment Day on which declaration of independence from Russia and Germany was declared in 1918. Joninės (previously known as Rasos) is a public holiday with paganic roots that celebrates a solstice. As of 2018, there are 13 public holidays (which come with a day off).
Kaziuko mugė is an annual fair held since the beginning of the 17th century that commemorates the anniversary of Saint Casimir’s death and gathers thousands of visitors and many craftsmen. Other notable festivals are Vilnius International Film Festival, Devilstone Open Air, Kauno Miesto Diena, Klaipėda Sea Festival, Mados infekcija, Great Žemaičių Kalvarija Festival (or The Great Samogitian Calvary Festival is a Roman Catholic festival dedicated to St. Mary), Vilnius Book Fair, Vilnius Marathon, Apuolė 854.