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Lithuanian holidays in 2021

holidays and non-working days in 2021 and the appropriate for each celebration.

Lithuanian holidays and celebrations include modern secular holidays, such as state holidays, various church holidays, and ethnically specific holidays. While Lithuania is a Catholic country, Lithuanians also cherish their pre-Christian folk customs.

For example, wearing homemade masks and costumes is an integral part of the Fastelavn celebration in Lithuania. On Fastelavn, both Lithuanian children and adults dress up as mythical creatures. Suitably costumed, they then visit their neighbours and acquaintances to ask them for financial or other blessings. The traditional Fastelavn food in Lithuania is pancakes.

Lithuanian folk customs have also influenced the celebration of many Christian holidays in the country. Thus, many important church holidays there incorporate elements of local pagan beliefs. This includes, for example, Easter celebrations: while in many other countries, Easter eggs are delivered by the Easter Bunny, Lithuanians instead receive treats from the ‘Easter Granny’.

Lithuanians take a larger number of days off in connection with holidays than Estonians and Latvians. This is partly because when a holiday falls on a weekend in Lithuania, the first day of the following week is considered a day off. For instance, if the Restoration of Independence Day, March 11, were to fall on a Saturday, Lithuanians would get a day off on Monday, March 13. The same applies to public holidays that are always celebrated on a Sunday. That is to say, a holiday that is always celebrated on a Sunday, such as Mother’s Day, is followed by a day off on Monday.

In the following list of Lithuanian holidays in 2021, public holidays are indicated in red, while other major holidays are indicated in black.

1 January 2021 – New Year’s Day

Laimingų Naujųjų metų!
or
Sveiki sulaukę Naujųjų metų!
(Happy New Year!)

13 January 2021 – Freedom Defenders’ Day

Freedom Defenders’ Day is celebrated to commemorate the people who died in clashes with Soviet soldiers. The events took place at the Vilnius TV Tower on 13 January 1991, when the Soviet army attempted to seize power in Lithuania by force after the country declared independence. 14 people were killed in the clashes and more than 1,000 were injured.

14 February 2021 – Valentine’s Day

Sveikinu su Valentino diena!
(Happy Valentine’s Day!)

16 February 2021 – Independence Day

The modern Republic of Lithuania was founded on 16 February 1918. This took place when the Council of Lithuania (Lietuvos Taryba) signed the Act of Independence of Lithuania. The Council of Lithuania was a public body formed by Lithuanian politicians in September 1917.

Su Lietuvos valstybės atkūrimo diena!
(Congratulations on the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania!)
or
Su vasario 16-ąja!
(Happy 16th of February!)

8 March 2021 – Women’s Day

Su moterų diena!
(Happy Women’s Day!)

11 March 2021 – Restoration of Independence Day

On 11 March 1990, the parliament of Lithuania adopted an act on the restoration of the independent state of Lithuania. By doing so, Lithuania became the first former Soviet country to declare independence as the Soviet Union was weakening. By then, the Soviet occupation of the country had lasted for half a century.

Su Lietuvos nepriklausomybės švente!
(Happy Independence Day!)
or
Su kovo 11-ąja! (Happy 11th of March!)

2 April 2021 – Good Friday

3 April 2021 – Holy Saturday

4 April 2021 – Easter Sunday

Sveiki sulaukę šv. Velykų!
(Happy Easter!)

5 April 2021 – non-working day due to Easter

1 May 2021 – Labour Day

This day is normally not congratulated on.

2 May 2021 – Mother’s Day

Lithuanians celebrate Mother’s Day on the first Sunday of May.

Su mamos diena!
(Happy Mother’s Day!)

3 May 2021 – non-working day due to Mother’s Day

6 June 2021 – Father’s Day

Lithuanians celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday of June.

Su tėvo diena!
(Happy Father’s Day!)

24 June 2021 – Midsummer Day

Su Joninėm!
(Happy Midsummer Day!)

6 July 2021 – Statehood Day or the day of the coronation of King Mindaugas

King Mindaugas, who lived in the 13th century, was Lithuania’s first and last king. Grand Duke Mindaugas and his wife Morta were crowned king and queen with the permission of the Pope in 1253.

This day is normally not congratulated on.

15 August 2021 – Assumption of Mary

This day is normally not congratulated on.

1 November 2021 – All Saints’ Day

This day is normally not congratulated on.

24 December 2021 – Christmas Eve

25 December 2021 – Christmas Day

26 December 2021 – second day of Christmastide

Linksmų šv. Kalėdų!
(Merry Christmas!)

31 December 2021 – New Year’s Eve

 

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