VILNIUS - Lithuania on Saturday is celebrating the 27th anniversary of restoration of independence, with concerts, solemn ceremonies and exhibitions planned across the country.
The Seimas, the Lithuanian parliament, will hold its traditional solemn sitting to mark the historic separation from the Soviet Union.
The flags of the three Baltic states will be hoisted in a ceremony in Independence Square outside the parliament building in Vilnius at noon.
The ceremony will be followed by a parade during which a 400-meter-long Lithuanian tricolor will be carried from Independence Square along Gedimino Avenue to be shaped into a tricolor heart in Cathedral Square.
A gala concert will take place in the capital's Vincas Kudirka Square later in the day.
A controversial nationalist march will be held in Vilnius in the evening.
Lithuania's second-largest city of Kaunas will hold a traditional solemn ceremony at the garden of the Vytautas the Great War Museum.
Headed by Vytautas Landsbergis, the Supreme Council of Lithuania adopted the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania on Mar. 11, 1990, thus making Lithuania the first Soviet republic to separate from Moscow.