King Mindaugas’ Coronation Day

King Mindaugas’ Coronation Day is a public holiday in Lithuania that is observed annually on July 6th. This holiday marks the coronation of King Mindaugas, the first Grand Duke of Lithuania and the first king of a unified Lithuania. He was crowned Lithuania’s king in the mid-13th century and remained the king for the next decade.

This holiday celebrates his coronation with a variety of special events that include not only concerts, parades, and street festivals but also operas, folk dance performances, music, and cultural events. Although it has been observed for the past 769+ years, it did not become an official Lithuanian holiday until the 1990s.

The History of King Mindaugas’ Coronation Day

In 1240, King Mindaugas created the first Lithuanian state and enlisted the aid of the Teutonic Knights, a medieval religious military order, to protect the country from attacks. In repayment for their services, the king officially became a Catholic and brought the religion to the people of the country.

In 1253, he was crowned the King of Lithuania and he remained the king of this country for approximately 10 years. In 1991, this holiday was celebrated for the first time as an official public holiday in Lithuania. Just 12 years later, in 2003, the 750th anniversary of the king’s coronation was observed. This widespread event featured concerts, parades, folk festivals, and a variety of other events.

Observing King Mindaugas’ Coronation Day

In St. John’s Valley, everyone attending takes the time to sing the national anthem. There are also festivals, parades, and concerts throughout the day. Because King Mindaugas was a medieval king, there are some staged jousts, and people may dress up as knights and nobles.

At the end of this holiday, there is also a fireworks display marking the event. Since this is a public holiday, government offices and some businesses may also be closed.

Where is it celebrated?
Lithuania (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 6 Saturday
Next year (2025)
July 6 Sunday
Last year (2023)
July 6 Thursday