Restoration of Independence Day in Lithuania in 2020

Restoration of Independence Day in Lithuania in 2020
National flag of Lithuania. Image by Ronny K , via Pixabay
  How long until Restoration of Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 94 days.
  Dates of Restoration of Independence Day in Lithuania
2021 Lithuania Thu, Mar 11 National Holiday
2020 Lithuania Wed, Mar 11 National Holiday
2019 Lithuania Mon, Mar 11 National Holiday
2018 Lithuania Sun, Mar 11 National Holiday
2017 Lithuania Sat, Mar 11 National Holiday
  Summary
The Lithuanian people voted for self-rule in elections held in February 1990, and the new democratically elected parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990
  Local name
Lietuvos nepriklausomybės atkūrimo diena

When is Restoration of Independence Day?

Restoration of Independence Day is a public holiday in Lithuania, always celebrated on 11th March.

This holiday marks the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union on 11 March 1990.

History of Restoration of Independence Day

By the 18th century, Lithuania had become part of the Russian Empire. After the end of the first world war, Lithuania became an independent country in 1918.

During the second world war, the Soviets and Nazi Germany agreed a pact on who would occupy several countries in the region and as a result, the Soviets occupied the country in 1940.

The promotion of perestroika (Mikhail Gorbachev's social reform policies) within the Soviet Union created a desire within Lithuania to adopt the policies and that grew into a call for independence.

The Lithuanian people voted for self-rule in elections held in February 1990, and the new democratically elected parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union on 11 March 1990.

The Soviet Union reacted negatively to the act of independence and began an economic blockade against Lithuania and eventually resorted to violence against people holding vigil around the capital buildings in Vilnius on 13 January 1991. Outrage from around the world stopped the attack and Lithuania's independence was recognised by the Soviets later that year.

Within a year the influence of perestroika and independence movements across an increasing number of Soviet states brought about the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

This holiday is not to be confused with Restoration of the State Day, celebrated on 16th February, which marks the act of independence from Germany in 1918.

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