On March 11, Lithuania celebrates Restoration of Independence Day (lit. Lietuvos nepriklausomybės atkūrimo diena), which, like Restoration of Statehood Day, is the main public holiday of the country.
On February 16, 1918, the Lithuanian Declaration of Independence was signed, which expressed the desire of the Lithuanian nation to create a democratic state. In honor of this event, a holiday was established in Lithuania - the Day of the Restoration of Statehood.
In 1940, Lithuania came under the control of the Soviet Union as a result of the signing of the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact (Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) and its secret protocol. A year later, Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union, as a result of which Lithuania was ceded to Germany.