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New Year’s traditions in Georgia

CiCilakitranslated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

Georgian folk rituals of various parts of Georgia differ from each other.  People meet New Year differently in different parts of Georgia. December 31 in Racha is known as Kalandoba.  On that day one member of the family went to the forest to bring a sledge of wood at home. There were some Badzagari (evergreen tree with thorns) on the sledge. The sledge of wood was placed in the threshing-floor and faced the East. In the evening a pig was slaughtered (Sakalando Pig). Qada was baked in lard. It was called “Pig’s charm”. Before supper a boy or an elderly man of the family took a glass of wine to the pigsty to pray there: Let St. Basil grew pigs. They made a Gvergvi from cane, baked a big Lobiani-Qadiani in lard. A piece of Lobiani-qadiani was put on a Gvergvi with honey, apples and silver changes. Bread was baked the same amount as family members. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Uflistsikhe

ufliscixe 025Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

Uflistsikhe is situated 8 km east of town Gori. The ancient town lies on the left bank of the river Mtkvari near the village Kvakhvreli.  Uflistsikhe is one of the ancient rock-hewn town and interesting place for turists in Georgia. When I was in Uflistsikhe, I met schoolchildren listening to the guide with great attention.

Uflistsikhe lies on the south slope of Kvernaki ridge, covering an area of 9.5 hectares. The Uplistsikhe complex can be divided into three parts and contains the components of old east countries and the components of ancient Inner city: a fence, a trench, some entrances, a tunnel, water-piping, water-lines. Complex contains: a long building, a church, houses with large yards, one-pillared halls, a building in the beginning of the main street, Inaccessible building, plain room, complex of two-pillared and four-pillared halls (main church), Prince’s church, a platform at the street, a house at the edge of the rock, a complex of a red room and etc. (the names of the rooms and halls are conditional). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Borjomi

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Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

haven’t been to Balneological and Climatic Resort in Borjomi since I was a child… Everything seemed differently then… It was said that Borjomi was reconstructed after Rose Revolution, though it seemed to be one-time action. The park, where the youth could take a walk, have a rest in the daytime ant at night and taste mineral water, is locked today. I often met sick people carrying mineral water to use it as a treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Medical Tourism

 

Lopota

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Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

In Telavi region, Kakheti, at Napareuli vallage, in Lopota gorge (20 km from Telavi and 170km from Tbilisi) at Lopota lake we met a tollgate. I was lucky to be with a group of people and the hotel room was already reserved. Amazing lake waving hauntingly  between the mountains isn’t affordable for tourists. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Tusheti – Girevi

girevi 001Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

Girevi is situated in the historical area of Tusheti, in the historical Pirikita(Aghma) community. The village is located on the left side of Pirikita Alazani river, 50 km away from Omalo. Girevi was abandoned during the Soviet period. Nowadays, It lies on the territory of Tusheti protected landscape and the Ministry of environment protection of Georgia controls it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Tusheti – Dartlo

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Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

Dartlo and Kvavlo, on the ridge of its mountain, are one of the most beautiful villages in whole Tusheti. Dartlo is situated at 2000 meters above sea level in the gorge of Alazani which is on the Southern slope of  Pirikiti ridge.

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Tusheti-Ilurta

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Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

Ilurta is a village in Piraketi Tusheti. It was considered to be  a former village not long ago, though, fortunately, while being there we met  a few families and they had started building-restavration of ruins. In the centre of the village there is a church built in XIX century. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Tusheti – Indurta

indurTa 004Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

The road to Indurta is dangerous. Drivable pass is terrifying and hazardous through craggy green mountains and ravines. It takes several hours to reach Tsovata by car and 5 days on a horseback. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

Tusheti – Shenako

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Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

Shenako is located on the southern slope of the great Caucasus and is situated on 2080m above sea level. In summer a few family lives in the village. Around the village there are grasslands and unique variety of pine woodlands. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Uncategorized