This October festival celebrates the diversity and history of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia and includes open-air concerts of traditional music and cultural events in Old Tbilisi. The festival was created at the initiative of Eduard Shevardnadze, then the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, to honor the capital and counter attendance at religious events as part of his program to overcome "manifestations of nationalism" through introducing new "socialist traditions".
Held annually in the ancient capital north of Tbilisi, Orthodox Christians in Georgia celebrate Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba in Mtskheta, remembering and celebrating the former capital and the legends of its cathedral. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, among other legends, is said to be the burial site of Christ's robe. Celebrants visit the city for a number of worship experiences.
A nationwide celebration of the country’s unique wine culture, this harvest festival is an important autumn holiday for all Georgians, featuring traditional music and feasting. Rtveli lasts for several days and events are held at large and small vineyards and wineries throughout the country, during which many guests can take part in the wine harvest.
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