Chichilaki: Georgian Christmas Tree

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Georgian traditional Christmas tree Chichilaki is a must have for New Year and Christmas holidays. Chichilaki is made of hazelnut or walnut brunch. The brunch is shaved carefully, from the bottom to the top, until it has reached an appearance of a tree. On a tip of Chichilaki berries and tangerines are hang; as a symbol of prosperity.
Chichilaki is burned just before Epiphany on January 19th.

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St. Tamara’s day

May 14th, Georgia celebrates St. Tamara’s day. She was the ruler of Georgia from 1184 to 1213 : the peak of country’s Golden Age. She was called the king Tamara, since it was thought, that the word queen, would belittle her image and power.

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