The Chancellery of the Prime Minister is traditionally illuminated in national colours not only in May, but also on the occasions of other important events and anniversaries, e.g. in November, on the Independence Day.
The Day of the Flag
The Day of the Flag of the Republic of Poland was established in 2004. Historically, Polish national colours originate from colours of the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Poland and the coat of arms of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In the symbolism of Polish flag the white colour comes from the whiteness of eagle which is the emblem of Poland, and Pogoń – the knight galloping on the horseback – the emblem of Lithuania. Both emblems are on red backgrounds of escutcheons. On our flag, the white colour is at the top, because in Polish heraldry the colour of emblem is more important than the background one. Polish national colours are of heraldic origin as one of the few in the world. On 7 February 1831, Sejm of the Kingdom of Poland adopted special act on the Polish flag colours.
227th anniversary of the Constitution of the 3rd May
Constitution of the 3rd May was the first in Europe and the second after the United States’ constitution basic law written down in the world. The Government Act of 3 May 1791 was the culmination of reforms of the Republic of Poland undertaken in the period of Four-Year Sejm (1788–1792).