Georgia marks Christmas according to the Julian Calendar and Christmas Day is celebrated on 7 January. On Christmas Day, Orthodox Christians throughout Georgia take part in a religious procession, called “Alilo”, as part of their Christmas celebrations. The procession begins in Rose Revolution Square and ends at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Georgian: თბილისის წმინდა … Continue reading
The beautiful Christmas illuminations in Tbilisi’s central streets. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.
A colorful nature themed costumed procession took place in Tbilisi as part of the “Tbilisoba” 2015 celebration. Photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.
“Tbilisoba” (Georgian: თბილისობა) is an annual festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi. First held in 1979, the festival entertains Tbilisi residents, visitors and tourists with a variety of events and displays. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and … Continue reading
The day of 300 heroes – “krtsanisoba” is celebrated annually in Tbilisi on September 24. The Three Hundred Aragvians (Georgian: სამასი არაგველი) from the Aragvi valley fought a last stand at the battle of Krtsanisi, defending Tbilisi against the invading Qajar army in 1795. A monument to the 300 Aragvians, created by A. Bakradze, was … Continue reading
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. In the nation’s … Continue reading
Victory Day was commemorated in Georgia on 9 May. 2015 marks the 70th anniversary (Georgian: ფაშიზმზე გამარჯვების 70-ე წლისთავი) of the formal surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in Berlin in May 1945. Georgian veterans and their families gathered at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Vake Park in Tbilisi to honor those … Continue reading
Georgia marks Christmas according to the Julian Calendar and Christmas Day is celebrated on 7 January. On Christmas Day, Orthodox Christians throughout Georgia take part in a religious procession, called “Alilo”, as part of their Christmas celebrations. Icons, crosses and banners are carried through the streets and gifts are distributed to the needy. The procession was … Continue reading
Tbilisi celebrates Christmas in style, adorning its streets and parks with beautiful illuminated decorations. Most Georgians celebrate Christmas according to Orthodox tradition on January 7, but the street Christmas fairs and celebration events start earlier in December. The lighting of the main New Year Tree usually takes place on December 25 at the Old Parliament building on … Continue reading
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. The event is celebrated with exhibitions of wine, tea, flowers, handicrafts and Gurian art, displays of traditional dancing and folk singing, and sports competitions. Alegroba is an older … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba (Georgian: მცხეთობა-სვეტიცხოვლობა) is an annual festival held on October 14 in the town of Mtskheta (Georgian: მცხეთა). The festival pays homage to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgian: სვეტიცხოველი) and is also a celebration of Mtskheta itself. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral stands on the site chosen by St. Nino as the place for the first church in Georgia. … Continue reading
Tbilisoba (Georgian: თბილისობა) is an annual October festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi. First held in 1979, the festival entertains Tbilisi residents, visitors and tourists with live music, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, sports and fishing competitions, art and craft exhibitions, an auto show, and food and wine. The festival is centred … Continue reading
First celebrated 13 years ago, Rustavkalakoba (Georgian: რუსთავქალაქობა) is an annual festival celebrating the city of Rustavi (Georgian: რუსთავი) in the Kvemo Kartli region. It was held this year on October 19-20. Photos courtesy of Rustavi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news … Continue reading
October 4 was Georgian Wine Day. This new celebration was marked by an event held at the Alaverdi Monastery Complex (Georgian: ალავერდის მონასტერი) in Kakheti region, in eastern Georgia. Many archaeologists believe Georgia to be the source of the world’s first cultivated grapevines and wine production over 8,000 years ago. Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian … Continue reading
August 28 is Mariamoba (Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin) (Georgian: მარიამობა) in Georgia. It is one of the greatest holy days and Orthodox Christians will visit a church, pray and light candles. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of … Continue reading