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.
Takaishvili was canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church and the first Ekvtimeoba was celebrated in 1982.
The celebration includes traditional music and dance performances, local crafts and local food and wine.
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.
Photos courtesy of Ozurgeti Municipality.
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