About Celebrations – Independence Day in Georgia (დამოუკიდებლობის დღე)

Georgia became part of the Russian Empire in 1800. On May 26, 1918, shortly after the collapse of the Russian Empire and in the midst of the Russian Civil War, it declared independence and The Democratic Republic of Georgia was created.

The Act of Georgian Independence of 1918.

The Act of Georgian Independence of 1918

Independence was short lived. Unable to withstand an invasion by Soviet Russia the Democratic Republic of Georgia collapsed in 1921 and a Moscow directed communist government was installed.

The 11th Red Army occupies Tbilisi 25 February 1921

The 11th Red Army occupies Tbilisi 25 February 1921

Georgia became part of the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (TSFSR), uniting Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.  In 1936, the TSFSR was dissolved and Georgia became the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (Georgian: საქართველოს საბჭოთა სოციალისტური რესპუბლიკა).

Emblem of the Georgian SSR

Emblem of the Georgian SSR

Georgia remained a Soviet Republic until April 9, 1991, when it declared independence shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The flag of independent Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს სახელმწიფო დროშა), also known as the Five Cross Flag (Georgian: ხუთჯვრიანი დროშა) was adopted in January 2004.

Georgia Independence Day

Georgia About wishes all of our Georgian friends a very happy Independence Day!

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7 Responses to “About Celebrations – Independence Day in Georgia (დამოუკიდებლობის დღე)”
  1. Abby says:

    Fascinating history. My Georgian husband who grew up under the Soviet regime had no idea about the three years of Georgian independence prior to the Soviet invasion. I remember many years ago, his grandmother recalling the events of 1921. She lived in the village of Sachcherre.

    • Bassa's Blog says:

      It is sad that Georgia has been fought over for centuries and has had little opportunity to be truly independent. It was actually under British ‘protection’ from 1918–1920.

  2. Very interesting. My word, how little I knew of Georgia before.

  3. Batman says:

    Reblogged this on The Georgian Chronicles: Part I and commented:
    This is much better written than if I did it.

  4. Interesting history!!! May Georgia continue to be free forever!

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