New Wine Festival
Held in an outdoor area around Tblisi in May, the New Wine Festival celebrates the revelation of huge clay vessels called qvevri, filled with pressed grapes and buried under the ground according to the traditional Georgian winemaking process. Visitors come from all over the world to try this “young wine” and experience the wine culture of Georgia. The festival is often held over a weekend.
Celebrating the first female ruler of Georgia, Tamaroba’s main celebration takes place in Akhaltsikhe, where there is a monument to the 29-year reign of Queen Tamar in the 12th century. Her reign was a period of political and military successes and cultural achievements and is remembered as Georgia’s Golden Age.
A nationalist holiday celebrating the 1945 surrender of Nazi Germany. Vake Park in Tbilisi is the central celebration site for Victory Day, with flowers laid at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier. It is a day dedicated to remembering veterans and is celebrated with concerts, ceremonies, and cultural events. Victory Day is celebrated in a number of countries in the region on this date.
An annual public holiday, Independence DAy commemorates the Act of Independence in 1918 which established the Democratic Republic of Georgia in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917. The short-lived independence of Georgia would fall to Russia in 1921, but the national concept of independence is celebrated with military parades, concerts, and speeches.
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