Independence Day

Freedom Square, Tbilisi

Tomorrow Georgia celebrates Independence Day. Today, there was a rehearsal at the Freedom Square in Tbilisi.

Ushguli Sunset

This small community of 200 is the highest continuously inhabited village in Europe, where ancient traditions continues to flourish. Ushguli is one of those places that is straight out of a storybook – it seems to be paused in time.

Photo by Aaron Huey/ National Geographic

Berikaoba

Once a year in the villages of Kakheti in eastern Georgia, men sew their own clothes. They cut lambskin leather and colorful ribbons; they make huge masks studded with pumpkin seeds to imitate horns and teeth.

Far away on the other side of Georgia in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, men put on women’s clothes and dresses, braid their hair, and apply makeup. They then walk into the center of the village to celebrate and improvise a play.

This festival is called Berikaoba.

Easter chant in Saint Nino’s Church

Celebrating the Easter, with traditional Easter chant in Saint Nino’s Church, Tbilisi.

Last night in Tbilisi subway

Orthodox Christians celebrate the Easter today. It is believed, that on the Easter eve, the Holy Fire emanates within Christ’s tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Priests from all over Orthodox churches are present there, to bring the fire to their parishes.

Last night, believers traveled home, while carefully caring a candle lit with The Holy Fire.

President of Georgia

When walking in to a restaurant in Washington DC, it is hard to imagine to bump into the President of the USA. It’s simply impossible. But, in Georgia you may end up sitting next to the president Salome Zurabishvili.