May-Day Is Official Holiday In Lithuania Again

The Lithuanian Parliament or the Sejm, passed an urgent amendment to the law on holidays, according to which May Day was re-included in the list of official holidays of the state. An extraordinary sitting of the Parliament last Wednesday was initiated by the Social Democratic faction, and on Thursday members of the Sejm had voted for May Day to become an official holiday of Lithuania. After Lithuania regained independence in 1990, the Supreme Council abolished the holiday as a "Soviet tradition". When the Democratic Party of Labour came to power, May Day had its status of an official holiday restored, but in 1996 the ruling Conservative Party abolished May Day again. Nobody knows, for how long this muddle will last.

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