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Georgian Independence Day and Memorial Day: May 26

Caucasus Mountains and vineyards in Georgia

Caucasus Mountains and vineyards in Georgia

As we celebrate Memorial Day here in the United States, I am also thinking of the country Georgia that each year celebrates Independence Day on May 26.

Georgians spend this very special day celebrating their independence.  In 1918 the Democratic Republic of Georgia was formed when the National Council of Georgia declared independence from Russia. Unfortunately this status only lasted for three years at which time the Soviets occupied the Republic. This occupation lasted until 1991 when Georgia once again became independent.

Big celebrations take place on May 26. Events include:

  • A ceremony at Freedom Square with speeches by several dignitaries
  • A Georgian folk concert at Freedom Square
  • Fireworks across the country
  • A concert at the renowned Rustaveli Theatre.

Georgia is looking forward to signing an association agreement with the European Union in June. This is a big step forward and we hope all goes well for the people of Georgia.

If you are interested in Georgian news, check out the Georgian Times website. It is available in several languages.

We wish everyone in Georgia a wonderful Independence Day holiday and everyone in the US a great Memorial Day!


Kathy and Terry

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