The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius will be lit up blue, black and white and the Estonian flag raised at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in honor of the Estonian centennial on Saturday.
Several icons across the city will be lit up in Estonia's national colors on Saturday evening, including the Hill of Three Crosses, several bridges and the belfry in Cathedral Square, the tourism promotion agency of Vilnius City Government said.
That day, the Estonian flag will be raised on top of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and at 7:18 p.m., rendered in 24-hour time as 19:18, the Estonian national anthem will be played on fanfare trumpet in front of the palace.
Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius said that Lithuania and Estonia are bound together not only by the volatile history of the past one hundred years, but also by expectations for a brighter future that will unite and ensiprit the two countries' peoples.
"The current year is important for all the Baltic countries, and we are very glad now to be able to contribute to the celebration of Estonian independence," Šimašius said. "A week ago, we celebrated the anniversary of our own state in a grand manner — bonfires were lit on the streets of Vilnius, songs were sung. On that day, our neighbors — the Estonians and Latvians — were with us as well. I can imagine how glad the Estonians will be on this upcoming day of celebration. Vilnius is celebrating Estonian independence together with Estonia, and with all its heart."
Editor: Aili Vahtla