Happy 100th birthday LITHUANIA!

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Lithuania's independence, achieved with the signing of “The Act of Reinstating Independence of Lithuania.” Though this initial freedom lasted just twenty-two years, it remains Lithuania’s primary celebration of sovereignty. In fact, when Lithuania separated from the Soviet Union in 1990, the country asserted that the Act had never lapsed, and the nation was simply restoring its original state of independence.

This Google Doodle depicts the Lithuanian flag alongside a stylized version of the original February 16th Act of Independence, a handwritten document lost for more than 70 years and only re-discovered in 2017, to the great delight of the people of Lithuania.

Happy Independence Day, Lithuania!