About Celebrations – Didgoroba

The Battle of Didgori (Georgian: დიდგორის ბრძოლა) was one of the most decisive battles in Georgian history. Georgian King David IV’s victory and subsequent reconquest of Tbilisi, which had been under Muslim rule for over four centuries, liberated the entire region from Muslim influence and marked the beginning of the medieval Georgian Golden Age. The event is commemorated each year in a celebration known as Didgoroba (Georgian: დიდგორობა) (“[the day] of Didgori”).

Didgoroba (Georgian დიდგორობა) celebration. Photo by George Mel via Wikimedia Creative Commons Licence.

Didgoroba (Georgian დიდგორობა) celebration. Photo by George Mel via Wikimedia Creative Commons Licence.

The battle was fought between the armies of the Kingdom of Georgia and the Seljuq Empire on Mount Didgori (Georgian: დიდგორი), 40 km west of Tbilisi on August 12, 1121. A surprise attack by the Georgians caused confusion in the ranks of the Seljuq forces and in a battle lasting three hours the Muslim army was completely routed.

Georgian King David IV before the Battle of Didgori.

Georgian King David IV before the Battle of Didgori.

Huge sword sculptures were erected on Mount Didgori (Georgian: დიდგორი) in the early 1990’s to commemorate the battle.

Huge sword sculptures on Mount Didgori commemorate the Battle of Didgori. Photo by George Mel via Wikimedia Creative Commons Licence.

Huge sword sculptures on Mount Didgori commemorate the Battle of Didgori. Photo by George Mel via Wikimedia Creative Commons Licence.

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