St. Barbara’s Day and Lobiani


Today, St. Barbara’s Day is celebrated in Georgia. Many Georgian families traditionally eat “lobiani” – a bread pie with beans.

In Georgia, Christianity is combined with old pagan religions. In ancient Georgia people worshiped the Georgian pagan sun goddess Barbale. People baked the ritual pie lobiani, with the sun engraved on it.

Borjagali – the symbol of the sun

Today is St. George’s day in Georgia

For some reason, Georgians celebrate this holiday twice a year. Usually, St. George is painted as a young man slaying a dragon. However, this religious fresco in the village of Achi, Guria, depicts St. George with his domesticated dragon.

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.

Tbilisi has vending machines that sell books


Did you notice the second “vending machine” on the right side? it’s the donation box for the Orthodox Church. Last year Georgian Orthodox Church invested some of donated cash into a hotel in Kazbegi. Hell knows how the income will be spend.

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The Georgian cross

The cross is the most recognizable symbol of Christianity, but the Georgian cross is not as widely known. Though, the cross is very popular among the Georgian Christians. It has an unusual shape, with slightly dropping horizontal lines. It is often referred as St. Nino’s cross, as it was originally created by her. She preached Christianity in Georgia, what led to Christianization of the kingdom. It is believed, that She created the cross from grapevine and tied the lines, with her own hair. Today, the cross is preserved in Sioni Cathedral, Tbilisi. Since, a grape, a vineyard and a wine are sacred for Georgians, the Georgian cross symbolizes resurrection, rather than death.


Photo Tamar Khosroshvili
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