President of Lithuania congratulates Georgia on Independence Day in Georgian language
26 May, 2018
President of Lithuania congratulates Georgia on Independence Day in Georgian language
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite has congratulated Georgian population on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first independent republic in the Georgian language.

"Hello Georgia. I congratulate the population of Georgia on the 100th anniversary. From now on, we call your country Sakartvelo. This is our symbolic gift to you. Glory, Georgia!"- Grybauskaite said in Tbilisi’s Freedom Square.

As a reminder, Lithuanian State Language Commission made a decision on April 5 to
officially use Georgian word ‘Sakartvelo’  instead of the Russia version ‘Gruzija’ when referring to Georgia.
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Presidents of seven countries visited Georgia to congratulate on its Independence Day

With this step Lithuania is the first country to refer to Georgia in its native Georgian language.
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President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite

On May 2, 2018, Lithuania made a historic decision and changed Georgia’s name in its language. The decision was made to mark the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Georgia.
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Georgia celebrates Independence Day. Freedom Square, Tbilisi, May 26, 2018

From its side, Georgia also made important decision and the Georgian-language name for the country of Lithuania has officially been changed from Litva to Lietuva.

The first name derives from the Russian version of Lithuania, and the second better reflects the pronunciation of the country’s name in its own language.
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On this date 100 years ago Georgia gained independence from the Russian Empire

Yet another pleasant surprise dedicated to the Independence Day of Georgia is that in Belgium, prominent statue of a boy - Manneken-Pis, the symbol of Brussels, is wearing Georgian traditional clothing - Chokha. A photo depicting the famous statue in Georgian traditional wear has been published by the Mission of Georgia to the EU on their Twitter account.
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In Belgium, Manneken-Pis, the symbol of Brussels, is wearing Georgian traditional clothing - Chokha

“From Brussels the Manneken Pis wishes you all Happy Independence day!” – reads the tweet.

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The 100th anniversary date of the establishment of the first democratic republic of Georgia

In relation to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first democratic republic more than 100 cultural and scientific events are planned to be held.

Additionally, a number of newspaper articles and publications have been devoted to this historic day worldwide. Representatives of Georgian diplomatic missions during this year will hold exhibitions showcasing historic pictures as well as carry out events reflecting cultural, traditional and democratic development of Georgia.

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