Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the restoration of independence for Lithuania, the southernmost Baltic State, at the crossroads of Scandinavia and Central Europe — with a complex history that stretches from the 13th century to modern times, beginning after World War I. For information about the events dedicated to the Centennial, visit http://www.lietuva.lt/100/en.
It was one century ago today, on February 16, 1918, with the signing of the Act of Independence, that the modern democratic state of Lithuanian was born — with March 11, 1990, marking the restoration of independence after half a century of Soviet Occupation.
After World War I, the emerging Baltic States, previously part of the Russian Empire, declared their Independence in 1918 — Lithuania on February 16, Estonia on February 24 and Latvia on November 18. The three will celebrate their yearlong Centenaries individually and together with a series of special events, including the dramatic Centenary Song Celebration in Lithuania June 30 through July 6 in Kaunas and Vilnius.
Centennial Events & Routes
“We’ve planned thousands of events, concerts, light shows, song and dance festivals, exhibitions and other initiatives to celebrate and share the exuberant spirit of our Centennial, with happenings you won’t find during any other year,” says Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, director of the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism. “And we’re thrilled to share these festivities, and the spirit of independence, with our foreign visitors.”
Travelers can explore along special Centennial routes — with 100 stops across the 100 years of Lithuanian statehood — with the assistance of mobile apps and virtual guides to help navigate the different routes.
Centennial Events in U.S.
Lithuania will also bring its celebration of independence to other nations around the world including the United States, mounting special musical performances and exhibitions of commissioned artworks in New York, Washington, Chicago, Stanford (CA) and Los Angeles from March to December 2018.