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Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas

Public and national holidays in Lithuania National Holiday in Lithuania

The Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas is a public holiday in Lithuania on 6 July

History of Lithuanian Statehood Day

How long until Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas?
This holiday next takes place in 225 Days.
Dates of Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
Year Weekday Date
2019 Saturday July 6th
2018 Friday July 6th
2017 Thursday July 6th
2016 Wednesday July 6th
2015 Monday July 6th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Valstybės (Lietuvos karaliaus Mindaugo karūnavimo) diena
Summary
King Mindaugas was the first Grand Duke of Lithuania and the first and only King of a unified Lithuania

This national holiday marks the coronation of King Mindaugas on 6 July 1253. It is always celebrated on 6 July.

Also known as Statehood Day, This day celebrates the coronation of Mindaugas, who was considered to be the first Grand Duke of Lithuania and the first and only King of a unified Lithuania.

History of Lithuanian Statehood Day

In the late eighties, the historian Edvardas Gudavicius published research supporting an exact coronation date of 6 July, 1253.

Despite some disputes as to the accuracy of the date, this day has been an official Lithuanian national holiday since 1991.

Mindaugas founded the first independent Lithuanian state in 1240.To protect Lithuania from attacks, Mindaugas sought help from the Teutonic Knights, a religious military order that had established power in the southeastern Baltic region.

To show his gratitude for their support, Mindaugas became a Catholic in 1251 and is generally credited with bringing Christianity to Lithuania.

He was crowned King of Lithuania during the summer of 1253 and ruled for ten years.

In 2003 Lithuanians celebrated the 750th anniversary of his crowning with a series of cultural activities, including operas, folk music concerts, folk dance performances, parades, and festivals.


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