6 things you should know about February the 16th.

curiosidades 16 de feb. de 2015

1. In Lithuania is a national day.

On 聽this day, Lithuanians commemorate that on聽February the 16th 1918,聽the聽Act of Independence of Lithuania聽(Lietuvos Valstyb臈s atk奴rimo aktas)聽was signed, thus proclaiming the restoration of an Independent state of Lithuania.

聽2. The Act was signed by 20 brave Lithuanians.

This was the Council of Lithuania of 1918.聽In 1915, Germany occupied western parts of the Russian Empire. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, Germany agreed to allow the Vilnius Conference, hoping that it would proclaim that the Lithuanian nation wanted to detach itself from Russia and establish a closer relationship with Germany.However, this strategy backfired; the conference, held from September 18鈥22 of 1917, adopted a resolution that an independent Lithuania should be established and that a closer relationship with Germany would be conditional on Germany’s formal recognition of the new state. Here’s a list of all the Signatories.

3.聽Jonas Basanavi膷ius = the man.

Apart from being the man who was on the 50 litas note, having a kick-ass beard and being a doctor, he was an activist and proponent of Lithuanian National Revival and founder of the first Lithuanian language newspaper Au拧ra (dawn). Also, he was one of the initiators and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 1905 Great Seimas of Vilnius聽and聽the founder and chairman of the Lithuanian Scientific Society (1907)

4. The聽Act was a powerful one.

… and聽it was a key element in the foundation of Lithuania’s re-establishment of independence in 1990, and it says something like this.聽(In fact, if only counting from its last independence, Lithuania and I are almost the same age). 聽聽

5. After 1918, Kaunas became the temporary capital of Lithuania.

And so it remained from 1919聽(after the German occupied Vilnius on January 1st 1919)聽until 1939. Read more about those years here.

6. February the 16th is the perfect day to go out to the city.

With all the city full of Lithuanian flags,聽people in the streets many acts and shows going on, February the 16th is definitely a must day to spend in Lithuania.聽Su Vasario 16-膮ja. Su 97-uoju Lietuvos gimtadieniu!


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