About Celebrations – Alilo Procession

Georgia marks Christmas according to the Julian Calendar and Christmas Day is celebrated on 7 January. On Christmas Day, Orthodox Christians throughout Georgia take part in a religious procession, called “Alilo”, as part of their Christmas celebrations.

Alilo Procession in Tbilisi

Icons, crosses and banners are carried through the streets and gifts are distributed to the needy. The procession was banned during Soviet times but was restored in the 1990s.

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The Alilo procession is named after a traditional Georgian Christmas carol.

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The procession held in Tbilisi begins in Rose Revolution Square (Georgian: ვარდების რევოლუციის მოედანი) and moves down Rustaveli Avenue, through Freedom Square and ends at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Georgian: თბილისის წმინდა სამების საკათედრო ტაძარი) commonly known as Sameba (Georgian: სამება for Trinity).

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All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall.

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3 Responses to “About Celebrations – Alilo Procession”
  1. Mags Corner says:

    That is beautiful! Wonderful pictures. Hugs

  2. reni says:

    Also you can see some nice Alilo photoes here: http://rena.ws/?p=1245

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  1. […] 7 January, thousands of Georgians across the country take part in a religious procession called ‘Alilo’. Clergymen, parishioners and children dressed in Stikari (a traditional robe) carry crosses, […]

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