Flag of Lithuania

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The current version of Lithuania's flag, ratio 3:5
The State flag of Lithuania represents Vytis - a horseman who fights enemies. It is required to use in the Royal Palace of Lithuania, Trakai Island castle as well as in Vytautas the Great's Miliary museum in Kaunas

The Flag of Lithuania that is used today was adopted by the Council of Lithuania in 1918 and re-adopted in 1989. Some ratio changes were made in 2004. Today the flag consists of three equal oblongs, each coloured yellow, green and red (top to bottom). The flag's ratio is 3:5 (1:2 in 1989). It is used as a national flag and civil ensign.

Special days for the flag[change | edit source]

The table below shows the dates when the flag should be flown:

Date English Name Remarks
January 1 Flag day Commemorating the day when the national flag was first raised on the Gediminas Tower in 1919
January 13 Day of the Freedom Fighters In memory of the January Events in 1991
February 16 Day of Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania (from the Russian Empire, 1918) Hoisted with the Latvian and Estonian flags
February 24 Day of Independence of Estonia Hoisted with the Latvian and Estonian flags
March 11 Day of Restitution of Independence of Lithuania (from the Soviet Union, 1990) Hoisted with the Latvian and Estonian flags
March 29 NATO Day In honor of Lithuania's accession to NATO in 2003; hoisted with the NATO flag
May 1 European Union Day In honor of Lithuania's accession to the European Union in 2004; hoisted with the EU flag
May 9 Europe Day Commemorates the end of World War II in 1945; formerly called Victory Day during the Soviet era
May 15 Day of Convening of the Constituent Seimas In honor of the Constituent Assembly of Lithuania
June 14 Day of Mourning and Hope Marks the date of the first mass deportations of Lithuanians to Siberia in 1941; the flag is marked for mourning
June 15 Day of Occupation and Genocide Marks the beginning of Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940; the flag is marked for mourning
July 6 Statehood Day Commemorates coronation of the first king, Mindaugas, in 1253
July 15 Day of the Battle of Grünwald Commemorates the Lithuanian and Polish victory over the Teutonic Knights in 1410
August 23 Day of Black Ribbon Marks the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939; the flag is marked for mourning
August 31 Day of Freedom Marking the final departure of the Red Army from Lithuania in 1993
September 23 Day of Genocide of Lithuanian Jews Marking the destruction of the Vilnius ghetto by Nazi Germany in 1943
October 25 Constitution Day Commemorating the adoption of the national constitution in 1992
November 18 Day of Latvian Independence Hoisted together with the Latvian and Estonian flags
November 23 Day of the Lithuanian Soldier Commemorating the establishment of the Army of Lithuania in 1918