Public holidays

In Lithuania you can visit many events that exite you, inspire curiosity and guarantee good mood. Festivals, markets, parades, exhibitions and events are organized throughout the country all year around. During spring time, everyone is invited to take a stroll through the botanical gardens and parks. Dance, music and theater festivals abound here in the summer; Autumn is the time of art and culture, and Christmas markets in the winter bring happiness to our lifes in the cold winter months.

Also you have to take a look on what date public holidays are celebrated in Lithuania. On those days hours of shop opening could be changed, altered bus schedules or car traffic.

Main public holday dates are these:

  • January 1st. - New Year

The beginning of the new year.

  • February 16th - Lithuanian State Restoration Day

Council of Lithuania, 1918 February 16 A document was signed in Vilnius announcing the restoration of the State of Lithuania and renouncing all state relations that had ever existed with other nations

  • March 11th - Lithuanian Independence Day

1990 March 11 The Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania signed the Act of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania, which states that the restoration of 1940 Alien force abolished the sovereign powers of the State of Lithuania and Lithuania is now an independent state

  • Easter

A Christian feast adapted to the feast of the Old Faith, symbolizing the resurrection of Christ from the dead after the crucifixion, as described in the New Testament.

  • May 1st - International Labour Day

The history of International Workers' Day dates back to 1886. May 1 of that year. Chicago City Police suppressed a workers' demonstration calling for work hours to be reduced to 8 hours a day. Suppressing a demonstration does not involve sacrifices. 1889 The 2nd International Congress in Paris has declared May 1 as a Day of Workers' Solidarity worldwide.

  • June 24th - Dew and Midsummer's Day

The holiday, celebrated on June 24, is also a night from June 23 to 24, around the time of the longest day and shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere (summer solstice).

  • July 6th - State Day (Coronation of King Mindaugas)

On this day in 1253. The first and only King of Lithuania Mindaugas was crowned. Celebrated since 1991

  • August 15th - Herbaceous

Herbal - Celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the oldest and most honorable St. Feast of Mary.

  • November 1st and 2nd - The Day of All the Dead

Day of Remembrance and Commemoration of the Dead. People visit graves of the passed loved ones, they lit candles to showe honor.

  • December 24th - Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is a celebrated holiday. Now it’s usually a dinner for family or close friends.

  • December 25-26th – Christmas

In Europe, as Christianity spread, old traditions intertwined with new ones, and Christmas was celebrated as the feast of Jesus' birth. Catholic Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. In the modern world, Christmas has become an economically crucial holiday, associated with gift buying and giving, Santa Claus and so on.

Christmas also involves a variety of local and regional traditions, which differ significantly despite the widespread popularity of American and British Christmas traditions in literature, television and other media.