The Bidzinaoba celebration (Georgian: ბიძინაობა) is held annually on 1 October in Akhmeta (Georgian: ახმეტა) in Kakheti region. The celebration honors Bidzina Cholokashvili (Georgian: ბიძინა ჩოლოყაშვილი) (died c. 1660), a Christian martyr canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church. Cholokashvili was one of the leaders of the Bakhtrioni Uprising and was tortured and killed for refusing to convert to Islam.
People celebrate with horse riding competitions, Georgian wrestling, arm wrestling, traditional music and dancing, arts and crafts, and food and wine.
Georgia About recommends a visit to the Bidzinaoba celebration!
Photos courtesy of Akhmeta Municipality.