2024 Public Holidays in Lithuania

By | January 14, 2024

Public Holidays in Lithuania in 2024

Lithuania, a Baltic country in Northern Europe, observes several public holidays throughout the year. These holidays are significant for Lithuanians, reflecting their cultural, historical, and religious heritage. In 2024, Lithuania will celebrate a variety of public holidays, each with its own traditions and customs.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day (Naujieji metai) – January 1st

New Year’s Day in Lithuania marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is a time for people to celebrate with family and friends, attend parties, and participate in festive events. Many Lithuanians also make New Year’s resolutions as they look forward to the year ahead.

Restoration of the State Day (Valstybės atkūrimo diena) – February 16th

Restoration of the State Day commemorates the declaration of Lithuania’s independence from the Russian Empire in 1918. It is one of the most important national holidays in Lithuania, celebrated with flag-raising ceremonies, patriotic speeches, and cultural events. Restoration of the State Day is a time for Lithuanians to reflect on their nation’s history and to honor the sacrifices made by those who fought for independence.

International Women’s Day (Tarptautinė moterų diena) – March 8th

International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the achievements of women and to promote gender equality. In Lithuania, it is a public holiday that honors women with flowers, gifts, and special events. Many people in Lithuania take the opportunity to express their appreciation for the women in their lives on International Women’s Day.

Easter (Velykos) – Date varies (based on the Christian calendar)

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is observed in Lithuania with religious services, family gatherings, and festive meals. Many Lithuanians participate in Easter traditions such as egg decorating, egg rolling contests, and Easter egg hunts. Easter is a time for joy, renewal, and spiritual reflection.

Labour Day (Tarptautinė darbo diena) – May 1st

Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is observed in many countries around the world to honor the contributions of workers to society. In Lithuania, it is a public holiday that recognizes the achievements and rights of workers. Labour Day is marked by rallies, parades, and speeches organized by trade unions and workers’ associations.

Mother’s Day (Motinos diena) – First Sunday in May

Mother’s Day in Lithuania is a day to honor mothers and motherhood. It is celebrated with flowers, gifts, and special gestures of appreciation for mothers and maternal figures. Many people in Lithuania spend Mother’s Day with their families, expressing their love and gratitude for the important women in their lives.

Father’s Day (Tėvo diena) – First Sunday in June

Father’s Day in Lithuania is a day to honor fathers and fatherhood. It is celebrated with gifts, cards, and special activities to show appreciation for fathers and paternal figures. Many families in Lithuania spend Father’s Day together, enjoying quality time with their dads and creating lasting memories.

Statehood Day (Valstybės diena) – July 6th

Statehood Day commemorates the coronation of King Mindaugas, the first and only king of Lithuania, in 1253. It is a national holiday that celebrates Lithuania’s statehood and independence. Statehood Day is marked by flag-raising ceremonies, cultural events, and patriotic displays that highlight the country’s heritage and achievements.

Assumption Day (Žolinė) – August 15th

Assumption Day is a Christian holiday that honors the Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven. It is observed in Lithuania with religious services, processions, and traditional customs. Many people in Lithuania attend church on Assumption Day and participate in outdoor gatherings and feasts with family and friends.

All Saints’ Day (Visų šventųjų diena) – November 1st

All Saints’ Day in Lithuania is a Christian holiday that honors all the saints and martyrs, known and unknown. It is observed with visits to cemeteries to remember and honor deceased loved ones. Many Lithuanians light candles and lay flowers on the graves of family members as a sign of respect and remembrance.

Christmas Eve (Šv. Kūčios) – December 24th

Christmas Eve in Lithuania is a special time for families to gather and celebrate the holiday season. It is observed with a festive meal known as Kūčios, which typically includes twelve meatless dishes to symbolize the twelve apostles. Christmas Eve is a time for sharing traditions, exchanging gifts, and enjoying the company of loved ones.

Christmas Day (Šv. Kalėdos) – December 25th

Christmas Day in Lithuania is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed with religious services, family gatherings, and festive meals. Many Lithuanians decorate their homes with Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments, and exchange gifts with family and friends to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season.

Second Day of Christmas (Antrasis kalėdų diena) – December 26th

The Second Day of Christmas in Lithuania is a continuation of the Christmas celebration, providing another opportunity for families to gather and enjoy each other’s company. It is observed with more festive meals, visits to relatives, and leisure activities. Many people in Lithuania also attend church services on the Second Day of Christmas.

Table of Public Holidays and Days Off

Holiday Date Days Off Groups
New Year’s Day January 1 1 All
Restoration of the State Day February 16 1 All
International Women’s Day March 8 1 All
Easter Date varies 1-2 Christians
Labour Day May 1 1 Workers
Mother’s Day First Sunday in May 0 All
Father’s Day First Sunday in June 0 All
Statehood Day July 6 1 All
Assumption Day August 15 1 All
All Saints’ Day November 1 1 All
Christmas Eve December 24 1 All
Christmas Day December 25 1 All
Second Day of Christmas December 26 1 All

 

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