The 16 February is the most significant date in Lithuania’s history. In 1918, an independent democratically-run modern civic state was established, together with the restoration of the statehood tradition cherished in the ancient Lithuania (1253-1795).
On 16 February 2018, we will be celebrating the birth of a new Lithuania. This date is like a bridge between the old Lithuania born on 6 July 1253 and the new independent Lithuania restored on 11 March 1990. Had it not been for the 16 February, there would have been no events of 11 of March, nor the subsequent success story.
In the lead-up to the Centennial of the Restoration of the State (hereinafter – the Centennial), the past is seen not only as a reason to celebrate an important anniversary but also as an inspiration to reflect the historical significance of the past for today and the relevance of the issues of today for the past, i.e. the centennial achievements of the state and its people, and our ambitions for the next centennial which is fast approaching.
The Centennial of the new Lithuania is a success story. The main achievements are as follows: Lithuania has become a player of the European and world history, with its modern civil society aware of the importance of freedom and the responsibility that goes with it, and with new emerging vistas for action for the Lithuanian state and its people.
The building of the modern Lithuanian state in 1918 was based on the principles of the equality of all, as well as the freedom and prosperity, and this is why all the people of the country and Lithuanians living abroad, having chosen to be free, for the first time in the history of Lithuania became the creators of their state, and later on, during the years of the occupation – the guardians of its tradition. The heroes of the restored Lithuania are thousands of those of different nationalities, religions and social groups having built and safeguarded the tradition of the Lithuanian statehood. They include volunteers, farmers, teachers, architects and engineers, athletes, aviators, clergy of various denominations, Righteous Among the Nations, freedom fighters, dissidents that challenged the Soviet regime, and people that created the liberation movement Sąjūdis.
The hero of today is each citizen of the country and Lithuanians living abroad, who actively contributes to the building of Lithuania of the twenty-first century, and knows that his daily efforts have an impact not only on the present but also on the future of the history of the Lithuanian state and the nation.
Apart from the most important symbol of the Centennial, the national flag, we have our state symbol Vytis, bridging the two Lithuanias – the old and the new.
The Centennial has revealed our capacity to draw the best from the depths of the past for the needs of the present; we are always ready to give our responsible and often times hard efforts for the bettering of our state and the people; we stand for our freedom, when this fundamental value is threatened; we have the vigour to build not only our own but also the European and world history. These things serve as the basis for us being proud of the achievements of the restored Lithuania, while inspiring us to work for the present and be hopeful about the future.
The Centennial program has been designed to bring Lithuania’s people together to celebrate the restored Lithuanian state’s birthday, to encourage pride in our country and active citizenship, and to promote Lithuania’s visibility in the world.
Centennial activites consist of three strands – based on the tricolour Lithuanian flag:
CREATE: Activities designed to encourage people to be actively involved in creating our country’s present and future. The most important hero of the Centennial is every individual, creative and involved Lithuanian!
CELEBRATE: Activities that will seek to unify our society in celebrating February 16th and understanding its meaning.
LEARN: Activities inviting Lithuanians and their friends to learn more about our country, its history and its heros, and about the importance of the Centennial.
For four years, Lithuania will use a visual identity that was created exclusively for the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the State.
The new logo belongs to all of us.
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