Festivals & Celebrations
23 December, 2010
Festivals & Celebrations

Peoples of the world have a tremendous penchant for celebrating numerous calendar dates, some of them real milestones and some just funny to even casually mention them.  We in Georgia make no exception from the omnipresent rule, but I am not going to judge the importance of any of those red-letter days on the calendar. I am simply going to comment on the phenomenon very sternly and dryly. I have created a short list of festive days celebrated by this

nation on various levels. The list that comprises more than one hundred notable days is just short. I have heard that the long list might go as far as two hundred components and even more. And I am not talking about the Christmas and the New Year, about Easter and St. George’s Day, about the National Day of Georgia and the Rose revolution Anniversary. This is all taken for granted by all of us and I have a zero comment about them, setting aside any whimsical remarks.   Let’s take Tbilisoba (the city of Tbilisi celebrations in the streets of our capital city in the fall of every year) as the most vivid sample on the list of merriment days, which is followed by the name-days of various cities, towns and villages as well as the festive dates connected with numerous Georgian proper names given to people when baptized. Those might be biblically warranted or historically justified names, thus having enough value for special celebration. Except Tbilisoba, among those would be: Rustavoba, Goraoba, Chiaturoba, Qvareloba, Bidzinaoba, Dushetoba, Apkhazetoba, Iliaoba, Shotaoba, Vazhaoba, Lomisoba, Mta-Tushetoba, Pirosmanoba, Qutaturoba, Mtskhetoba, Tianetoba, Cotneoba, Lasharoba, Vardzioba, Telavoba, Shuamtoba, Alaverdoba, Zedazenoba, Samasaragveloba, Sameboba, Bakurianoba, Borjomoba, Aspindzoba, Berikaoba, Khinkali-Festival, and what not. These are just most famous ones, and the names are quite known and commonplace. In the mentioned long list there are myriad unlikely names of places and people which we have never heard of. The list means no harm at all. What bothers me though is the amount of time and energy and money it presumably takes to put together and go through all those festivities. Well, these might be samples of national and local pastime and they might be to the liking of many, but asking a question about the rationality of noting all of them on annual basis also might make a lot of sense. All of them (duly and properly celebrated) might mean tens of thousands of hours if each celebration multiplied by the hours we need to first prepare for and then celebrate and then clean up the remaining mess. The number of hours might even grow if we multiply them by the number of participants in the events. I am not even talking here about the used amount of food and drinks (a huge portion of it simply discarded!), and fights and frays, and all kinds of unwise wastes. OK, let’s celebrate as long and as much as it makes sense, but why overindulge? Moderation, moderation is what we have to learn how to practice.

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