About Celebrations – Independence Day 2015

Georgia celebrates Independence Day (Georgian: დამოუკიდებლობის დღე) on 26 May each year. On 26 May 1918, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, Georgia declared independence and The Democratic Republic of Georgia was created. The day is a national holiday and celebrations are held throughout Georgia and by Georgians living overseas.

Jets flying over Freedom Square in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo by Tbilisi City Hall.

Jets flying over Freedom Square in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo by Tbilisi City Hall.

In the nation’s capital, Tbilisi, the celebrations center upon Rustaveli Avenue.

Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall.

Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall.

Independence Day is especially celebrated with traditional songs and dance.

Traditional dancing in Tbilisi on Indepence Day. Photo courtesy of Georgian Government

Traditional dancing in Tbilisi on Indepence Day. Photo courtesy of Georgian Government

Vintage car parade in Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on Indepence Day. Photo courtesy of Government of Georgia

Vintage car parade in Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on Indepence Day. Photo courtesy of Government of Georgia

Riders parading on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Government of Georgia

Riders parading on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Government of Georgia

Georgian cheese display in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Georgian Government

Georgian cheese display in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Georgian Government

Sepia photography in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall.

Sepia photography in Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall.

Celebrations are held in every village, town and city and special events and performances are staged.

Traditional dance performance in the city of Zugdidi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Georgian Government.

Traditional dance performance in the city of Zugdidi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Georgian Government.

Traditional song performance in the town of Gurjaani (Georgian: გურჯაანი). Photo courtesy of the Georgian Government.

Traditional song performance in the town of Gurjaani (Georgian: გურჯაანი). Photo courtesy of the Georgian Government.

Independence Day fireworks in Georgia's second city, Kutaisi. Photo courtesy of the Georgian Government.

Independence Day fireworks in Georgia’s second city, Kutaisi. Photo courtesy of the Georgian Government.

The Freedom Monument (Georgian: თავისუფლების მონუმენტი) in the center of Tbilisi is commonly known as the St. George Statue and is dedicated to the freedom and independence of the Georgian nation. The granite and gold monument was a gift to the city from its creator, Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli.

Jets flying past the Freedom Monument in the center of Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall

Jets flying past the Freedom Monument in the center of Tbilisi on Independence Day. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall

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