26th May – Georgia’s Independence Day

Hello, It’s Khato again and today we are going to talk about one of the most gorgeous country – Georgia. There you can find areas of natural beauty, eye-pleasing views, attractive sites and many differences in culture, traditions and even in languages (Dialects). On the latter we can say that Georgian alphabet is very old and is used only by the Georgian language. Its origins lie hidden in the depths of the past and are the subject of several theories. As of yet all attempts to prove a genetic link between the Kartvelian languages and any other language family in the world have failed to gain acceptance in mainstream linguistics. In one sentence Georgia is an amazing country with a diverse history. These beauties are important, but independence of the country is even more important. So let’s talk a little bit about History of Georgian Independence Day!

Georgia had been part of the Russian Empire since 1800. Following the Russian revolution and the defeats in the First World War, movements within Georgia pushed for independence from Russia and on May 26th 1918, Georgia first declared itself an independent democratic republic.

May 26th had been celebrated as a public holiday until Georgia became part of the Soviet Union in 1922. Celebrations of regional public holidays were suppressed across the Soviet Union and it wasn’t until 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet regime that this day regained its public holiday status.

Georgia

This was short-lived and the country was re-invaded by Russia’s Bolshevik Army and absorbed into the Soviet Union in 1921. Seventy years later, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia once again became independent and today the country is marking 30 years since this fateful date. On 26th May Georgia is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union today. That’s why May 26 is a public holiday in Georgia.

A wide range of cultural, educational and entertainment activities are planned in capital Tbilisi as well as regional cities. Country-wide activities are themed after the anniversary of the birth of the iconic, 12th century poet Shota Rustaveli.

This year, Georgia’s Independence Day matches up with 850 years since the birth of the Georgian poet who penned the iconic poem, The Knight in the Panther’s Skin. Thus, the slogan of this year’s Independence Day is ‘I come from the country of Rustaveli’.

Everyone is invited to attend the celebrations and enjoy the activities on offer, where different motifs from The Knight in the Panther’s Skin will be featured.


Georgia


See you soon …

Khato Turmanidze

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