About Celebrations – Bidzinaoba Celebration

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.

Bidzinaoba Festival Banner

Bidzinaoba celebration Banner

People celebrate with horse riding competitions, Georgian wrestling, arm wrestling, traditional music and dancing, arts and crafts, and food and wine.

Horsemen at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Horsemen at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Traditional musician at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Traditional musician at the Bidzinaoba celebration

The winner of the horseriding competition with his prize

The winner of the horse riding competition with his prize

Arm wrestling competition at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Arm wrestling competition at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Georgian wrestling competition at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Georgian wrestling competition at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Display of earthenware and Georgian fruit at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Display of earthenware and Georgian fruit at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Making Churchkhela at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Making Churchkhela at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Cheese at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Cheese at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Traditional singing at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Traditional singing at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Women in traditional dress at the Bidzinaoba Festival

Women in traditional dress at the Bidzinaoba celebration

Horsemen at the festival

Horsemen at the celebration

I love Akhmeta

I love Akhmeta

Georgia About recommends a visit to the Bidzinaoba celebration!

Photos courtesy of Akhmeta Municipality.

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