Lithua­ni­ans to sing na­tional an­them on 100 hill­forts on state Day

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

Lithua­ni­ans from around the globe are in­vited to sing the na­tional an­them on 100 hill­forts across the coun­try on State Day, July 6, as the coun­try pre­pares to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of the restora­tion of state­hood next Fe­bru­ary, the govern­ment said on Tues­day, June 27.

"We will sing the Na­tional Song all to­gether on 100 Lithua­nian hill­forts and all over the world in the run-up to the cen­te­nary of the re­stored Lithua­nia," Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis said in a press re­lease.

"I in­vite ev­ery­one to join this great ini­tia­tive and to en­cour­age your friends and your fam­ily to sing the an­them -- if not on one of the se­lected hill­forts, then at least among peo­ple close to them," he said.

Skver­nelis plans to go to the Dub­in­giai hill­fort for the tra­di­tional singing of the na­tional an­them at 9 p.m. on July 6.

On July 6, Lithua­nia com­mem­o­rates the corona­tion of Min­dau­gas as the first and only king of Lithua­nia in 1253. The day has been of­fi­cially cel­e­brated as State Day since 1990, when the coun­try re­gained its in­de­pen­dence af­ter al­most 50 years of Soviet oc­cu­pa­tion.

The ini­tia­tive to sing the na­tional an­them on 100 hill­forts was un­veiled dur­ing Tues­day's meet­ing of a com­mis­sion co­or­di­nat­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pro­gram for mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Act of In­de­pen­dence of Feb. 16, 1918.

Ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment, state au­thor­i­ties, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions are ac­tively en­gaged in prepa­ra­tions for the Cen­te­nary fes­tiv­i­ties.

Over 200 ap­pli­ca­tions from all over Lithua­nia have al­ready been submitted for a com­pe­ti­tion for Cen­te­nary ini­tia­tives.

The Coun­cil of Lithua­nia on Feb. 16, 1918 pro­claimed the restora­tion of an in­de­pen­dent state of Lithua­nia, founded on demo­cratic prin­ci­ples, with Vil­nius as its cap­i­tal.

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