About Events – Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 (Georgian: ოზურგეთობა-ალეგრობა) is an autumn celebration held in early November in the town of Ozurgeti (Georgian: ოზურგეთი) in Guria region in western Georgia.

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014. Photo by ოზურგეთის მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის სახლი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014. Photo by ოზურგეთის მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის სახლი

The event is celebrated with exhibitions of wine, tea, flowers, handicrafts and Gurian art, displays of traditional dancing and folk singing, and sports competitions.

Dancers at the Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Dancers at Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Alegroba is an older celebration that was revived in 2011 and incorporated into the Ozurgetoba celebration. Alegroba was first celebrated at the end of the 19th century and continued until 1941. As part of the Alegroba celebration, people in each village of Ozurgeti district visited houses to collect food for a village feast and money was also collected for cultural centres and charitable purposes. Alegroba was celebrated in each village with a lottery, feasts, polyphonic singing competitions and dancing.

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014. Photo by ოზურგეთის მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის სახლი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014. Photo by ოზურგეთის მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის სახლი

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration display. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration display. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration display. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration display. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Gurian polyphonic singing at the Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Singing at the Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Dancers at the Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

Dancers at Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 celebration. Photo courtesy of მე მიყვარს ოზურგეთი

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