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Georgia celebrates its 101st anniversary of independence


Holiday:
 Independence Day, May 26th.


Where? Georgia.


The meaning and history. This year Georgia is proudly celebrating its 101st anniversary of national independence. On this day in 1918 the country declared its independence from the Russian Empire. Later, in 1922, Georgia became a part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It regained independence after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.


How it is celebrated. May 26th is a very important holiday for Georgians, who call their country Sakartvelo. Public celebrations take place in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and in 12 other self-governing cities. All citizens and guests of the country are invited to attend different events: parades, concerts, ceremonial processions. All Ministries and Governmental agencies traditionally present their offices in small stands on Rustaveli street, Tiblisi's main steet.

Family traditions. Elmira Dzhangirova, a PR manager, was born in a small village on the border of Georgia. She hasn’t been living at home for a long time. Now she is traveling a lot around Europe. But on the Independence Day she does her best to visit Georgia.


“This small country is very picturesque, and the Georgians are incredibly hospitable”, Elmira tells. “It's hard to find people who love freedom more than Georgians. That’s why the Independence Day is a great holiday for all of them. During that day you can see a lot of people with Georgian flags and banners around the streets, and they look really happy. Some of them sing national songs. On this day you can buy different souvenirs and symbols of Georgia on the streets, try national foods, such as khachapuri (a flat cake with cheese), and superior Georgian wine. Elmira cannot always attend the festivities, but "wherever I am, I like to remember my Georgian roots."


Text: Vita Vitrenko, Photos: Elmira Dzhangirova, http://agenda.ge