About Events – Ekvtimeoba

Ekvtimeoba (Georgian: ექვთიმეობა) is a celebration held annually on October 17 in the village of Likhauri in the western Georgian region of Guria to commemorate Georgian historian and archaeologist Ekvtime Takaishvili (Georgian: ექვთიმე თაყაიშვილი) (1863-1953). When the Red Army put an end to Georgia’s independence in 1921 Takaishvili  followed the Georgian government into exile in France, taking the Georgian national treasury with him. He safeguarded the treasure until its return to Georgia at the end of World War II.

Ekvtimeoba

Traditional dance performance at Ekvtimeoba

Takaishvili was canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church and the first Ekvtimeoba was celebrated in 1982.

Dancers at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Dancers at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

The celebration includes traditional music and dance performances, local crafts and local food and wine.

Dancers at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Dancers at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Barbecue at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Barbecue at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Celebrating Ekvtimeoba

Celebrating Ekvtimeoba

Festival food at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Festival food at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Autumn Fruit and vegetable display at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Autumn Fruit and vegetable display at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Enjoying the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Enjoying the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Ekvtime Takaishvili was born in the village of Likhauri in the western Georgian region of Guria and a museum dedicated to him was established in the village in 2010.

Ekvtime Takaishvili

Ekvtime Takaishvili

Photos courtesy of Ozurgeti Municipality.

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