Festivities in Tbilisi and beyond for 25 years of Georgian independence
26 May 2016

Georgia is celebrating 25 years since the restoration of its independence today with a variety of displays and exhibitions, performances, both in Tbilisi and across the country. 

The country first gained independence in the early twentieth century, on May 26, 1918 a year after the Russian Empire fell. But this period of independence lasted just two and a half years before the Bolsheviks entered in 1921, absorbing the country into the Soviet Union. After the Soviet collapse in 1991, Georgia regained its independence.

Over the years the country has experienced several presidents and military conflicts. The country has made significant progress in recent years, developing from a failed state to a democratic society.

On this occasion, the government is planning celebrations across the country. The centre of festivities will be Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. It is here in the parliament building, that the first president of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, signed an act restoring independence on April 9 1991. The celebrations begin with the laying of wreaths at the grave of fallen soldiers, then new recruits will take an oath at Freedom Square.

One of the spectacles attracting tourists is a military showcase, with the ministries of defence and interior displaying their equipment.  US Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, which recently took part in joint military exercises with the US and UK, will be shown off. Other exhibitions and displays will be open on Rustaveli Avenue, and there will also be outdoor floral arrangements from across Georgia.

There will be art shows as well as musical performances ranging from electronic to classical. Government ministries will also set up stands and give information about ongoing projects. In the evening, gala concerts are planned, attended by president, prime minister, parliament speaker and foreign guests.

Similar events are planning across the country. In Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Gori, Zugdidi, Telavi, Marneuli, Mtskheta, Ozurgeti, Rustaveli, Poti and Kutaisi, military equipment and historical exhibitions will be on display, as well as cultural events featuring famous artists and musicians.

Source: with Materials