Plan your trip around the holidays and festivals to make most of your travel time,
The following is a list of all significant dates noted in Georgia:
|Jan 1 & 2
||Celebrations commence from Eve of 31st December
||As celebrated by the Georgian Orthodox Church
||Baptism of the Lord Jesus as marked by the Georgian Orthodox Church
||Remember to always call your Mum even while you are travelling!
||International Women’s Day
||Mother’s get double attention this week in March 🙂
||The Orthodox Easter is typically celebrated a week after Easter celebrated by other churches. The date varies yearly.
||Day of National Unity
||Commemoration of the April 9 tragedy 1989 (also known as Tbilisi Massacre, Tbilisi tragedy) when on Rustaveli Avenue, in Tbilisi an anti-Soviet demonstration was dispersed by the Soviet Army, resulting in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
||Remembrance of war hero’s
||St Andrea Day
||Celebration of day of Apostle Andrew the ‘first-called’, founder of Georgian Orthodox Church
||On May 26, 1918 National Council of Georgia declared national independence of Georgian people and creation of Democratic Republic of Georgia. The statehood of Georgia was restored after 117 years (from 1801)
||St Mary’s Day
||Day of Assumption of Mary observed
||Celebrations for the city of Tbilisi falls in October. Date is announced usually very close to the date. The city comes alive with a celebration of the Georgian culture.
||Day of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (in Mtskheta)(Celebration of first Christian church in Georgia. According to chronicles, holy chyton (shirt) of Savior is buried under this church)
||Saint George’s Day
||Saint George (in Georgian: წმინდაგიორგი, ‘’tsminda giorgi’’) is a patron saint of Georgia
Here’s a quick snapshot of Georgian history lesson as a form of introduction and orientation.
Don’t worry, we wont test you on it 🙂 Its just to help provide a richer understanding while travelling through our region. So…
- Roots of Georgians can be traced to the descendants of Noah (with the Ark landing on Mt Ararat)
- Soon began to produce wine in this land with rich soil. Hence why Georgian wine is so good 😉
- Georgian Kingdom of Iberia was established around 300 BC
- Old Georgian was spoken and around 284 BC the alphabet was created
- Christianity was declared as official religion in the 4th century
- Many trials are experienced by the attacks of Persian, Turks and Arabs over centuries
- King Bagrat 3rd establishes the Kingdom of Georgia
- 15th century Georgia divided itself to 3 kingdoms (Kartli, Kakheti and Imereti)
- In 1783 Georgians sign a treaty with Russia to be under their protection
- 26th May 1918 Democratic Republic of Georgia is established
- 25th Feb 1921 Georgia becomes part of the Soviet Union
- 9th April 1991 Georgia declares independence from Soviet Union
- 8th August 2008 war breaks out between Russia and Georgia
- March 15 2012 Envoy Tbilisi is born
- (significant history for us which is celebrated fondly each year 😉 )
So what currency is used in Georgia? Whats the population? Here’s a few main facts giving you a little background on Georgia.
||Georgia (in Georgian it is referred to as Sakartvelo)
||Georgian Lari (GEL)
|Head of State:
||69,700 sq km
||approximately 5 million
||12 (9 Regions, 2 autonomous republics plus Tbilisi)
For more general information visit: Georgia (Wiki)
An old and quite unique language, Georgian belongs to the family of Kartvelian language. Travelling through Georgia, you may also come across people speaking in Svan and Megrelian (North West of Georgia) and Laz (on the Black Sea Coast). There are also a wide range of dialects spoken.
The Georgian Alphabet is so unique, you’re bound to find yourself keeping a ticket or a label of something in your travel diary as a sample to wow your friends with when you get back home (Coke bottle labels are the best! 🙂 ).
So you are here for a few days and would like to give the language a go. Let us start by warning you that it is a constant rich language, so you need to add a dash of courage and give it a go. You’ll bring much joy to those who hear you try our language. Its fun and learning a few words is the best souvenir to take home!
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