About Events – Kindergarten “Autumn Festival” in Tbilisi

Children from Tbilisi’s kindergartens recently celebrated their annual “Autumn Festival” event. The event reflects the culture and traditions of the different regions of Georgia.

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

The children dressed in traditional costume and participated in craft making, poem recitals, singing and games.

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

The children celebrated Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი), the traditional vintage (the process of picking grapes and making wine) that marks the end of the agricultural cycle for the year.

Celebrating with "wine" at the Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Celebrating with “wine” at the Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

The children helped to make Churchkhela (Georgian:  ჩურჩხელა), a traditional sausage-shaped candy made by repeatedly dipping a long string of nuts in tatara – a mixture of flour, sugar and Badagi (concentrated fresh grape juice). Churchkhela is usually made in the Autumn when the grapes and nuts are ripe.

Making Churchkhela at the Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Making Churchkhela at the Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall.

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