76 years together – Adjarian couple and their 162 descendants
17 May, 2017
76 years together – Adjarian couple and their 162 descendants
In the village of Garetke, in Adjara’s Merisi gorge, there live 94-year-old Zekie and 95-year-old Hasan Turmanidzes, a couple who share their house with their children and grandchildren. The story of this couple is particularly interesting because they have been living together for 76 years and leave 162 descendants to this world: 8 children, 37 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren and 31 great-great-grandchildren. Batumelebi.netgazeti.ge reports:

"As it has recently turned out, Georgian Records Federation has got interested with this elderly couple as well. Jason Turmanidze, one of their children, says several days ago someone from the Federation contacted them and said they were going to visit Hasan and Zakie. Until then, Turmanidzes plan to gather and take some family photos.

‘They called and asked me to send them my parents’ marriage certificate. We found it in archived documents and sent it immediately. As I was told, they will visit us soon and they plan to induct Zakie and Hassan into the Guiness Book of Records’, - Jason Turmanidze says.

The President of the Georgian Records Federation David Begiashvili says 76 years is the longest period spent in marriage in Georgian recorded history, but universally the record is held by others and it is 86 years.

Zekie Dumbadze was born in the village of Medzibna in 1920 and after marrying Hasan, took his last name - Turmanidze.

‘I was 20 and she was 19 when we married’, - Hasan says, - ‘From then on we have always been together’.
So, the story of their family began in 1941. That was exactly when the Soviet Union got involved in the World War II, which was followed by famine. Zekie was from the neighboring village. She still remembers the traditional Adjarian wedding party very well.

‘There were no cars and nothing like that in those days. So they took me by horse. There were six horses in all. I was riding one of them and my bridesmaid was riding beside me. The weddings began at night back then and they continued the next day. Everybody had horses in the village and when somebody married, the neighbors were lending their horses to one another’, - Zekie remembers.

Shortly after their marriage, the famine began. The life was so hard that everything changed, even the recipe to make mchadi (corn bread).

‘When we married, the very first winter was very tough. There was so much snow
that everything was ruined - maize, beans, vegetables – everything. The life was very hard. Then someone said that it was possible to use beech bark, grind it and mix with corn flour to make mchadi. So everybody went to the woods to bring some beech barks. That was awful. Many people died in the village and then we realized the beech bark was not good for health. Then we used potatoes and pumpkins. Those were terrible days’, - Zekie says.

She’s now 97 years old and remembers very well the days when there were separate schools for girls and boys. She also remembers how the elderly women wore hijabs.

‘I was young back then and I never wore hijab, nor did other young girls in the village. But older women did when they were going to other villages. That was the rule back then. Now it’s different and I like it this way better. I went to school for only four years. There was one room at our neighbor’s house and that was our school. Some older women were coming to learn to read and write as well. So, after four years I was forced to leave school to help my parents at home. I had 7 brothers and sisters. I was the oldest, so I was doing most of the work’, - Zekie says.
Photo courtesy of Batumi

Apparently, Hasan’s family was relatively better off, because he says he was able to finish school.

‘When I finished the primary school here, I was then sent to Merisi to continue with the studies. We had to walk about 10 kilometers every day. Those were terrible days. There were no roads, no electricity and no water. I remember the first day when someone came to the village by car, on a new road. The people here were so happy that they invited the man to have a feast, because he had done a hard job by arriving by car,’ Zekie continues with her story, ‘One year after we got married, our first daughter was born, then came five more girls, but my mother-in-law was not mad about that. In those times, it was usual for a mother-in-law to get angry if her daughter in law did not give birth to a boy. My mother-in-law was different: she never made me feel that she was angry. Our sixth child was a boy and then there was another girl. ‘

Zekie and Hasan have health problems now. Zekie can only walk with the help of a stick and she only moves from one room to another – never goes out of the house. She says she has problems of blood pressure too. As for Hasan, he lost sight in one eye a year ago and he also has problems of walking alone.

‘We’ll be 100 years old very soon. I have pressure problems, but thank God we have so many descendants to look after us. I loved reading newspapers very much, but I have lost my sight and I am staying in bed most of the time’, Hasan says."


Related Stories:

Wedding after 55 years of love – Elderly couple’s incredible photo shoot in Georgia

Elderly couple’s touching performance in the center of Tbilisi

Other Stories
Google can now recognize Georgian language as well
Google speaks in almost any language of the world,
Exceeded acoustic noise during night hours banned  in Georgia
The amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses have come into force from today,
Georgia to ban selling junk food at schools from September
Selling unhealthy food in school buffets will be prohibited from September.
Georgian restaurant opens in Japan
Recently, a Georgian wine bar-restaurant opened in Osaka, Japan.
Tiffany Terrace - One of the most beautiful and romantic places in Tbilisi
Searching for ideal place with breathtaking view on Old Tbilisi for spending good time?
15 Georgian scientists working in world’s leading laboratories and universities
In the European Council for Nuclear Research, in the laboratory of CERN, where thousands of scientists are trying to discover the secret of world’s creation, Georgian scientists have been working successfully for years already.
Famous Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili captured with Orlando Bloom in Paris
Khatia Buniatishvili, renowned Georgian pianist and Orlando Bloom, a world-famous actor and Miranda Kerr's ex-husband, have been captured together by paparazzi in Paris.
Mtkvari River surroundings to be arranged with greenery and floating terraces
Turning the Mtkvari River into a recreational zone is one part of Tbilisi's development strategy.
Tbilisi to turn into a Green City
Tbilisi City Hall has developed an action plan to improve ecological conditions in the city.
Around 100 electric vehicle charging stations to be set up in Georgia this year
By the end of 2017, up to 100 charging stations for the electric cars will be installed throughout Georgia.
Special places for dog walking will be arranged in Tbilisi
Special places for dog walking will be arranged in certain parks and squares in Tbilisi.
Georgian scientist examining latest methods of cancer treatment in the U.S.
A young Georgian scientist is working on the latest methods of cancer treatment in the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.
   First private observatory to open in Bazaleti soon
The first private observatory is being constructed in Bazaleti, Georgia.
Tramway or over-ground metro to connect Tbilisi and Rustavi
Tbilisi and Rustavi may be interconnected by tramway or over-ground metro,
24-year-old Georgian researcher to lead blockchain technology research center in China
Tamar Menteshashvili is a researcher at the Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai, China.
Disaster that changed the life of Tbilisi - 2 years from June 13 flood
21 people dead and 2 still missing, dozens of animals drowned or killed by police as they roamed the city streets and more than 200 families’ properties damaged
Tram restoration project ready and will cost 130 million euros
'There will be the time when the tram project is highly required' - Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania has told InterPressNews agency.
‘Rustavi 2’ TV Director General resigns
‘Rustavi 2’ TV Director General Nika Gvaramia has left office. The TV Company has confirmed this information.
Georgian Airways Launches Tbilisi-London Flights
From now Tbilisi and London are linked with a new direct flight by Georgian Airways.
Georgian student gets $250 000 scholarship from University of Pennsylvania
Georgian student, Meri Kavtelishvili, who this year graduated from the Komarov School with Gold Medal, has been admitted by four leading universities
“Georgian Association of Social Workers” to present winning projects of CSOs for improved child and family services
The Georgian Association of Social Workers will hold a press-conference on June 2nd, 11:00 to present the winning projects of Georgian CSOs
Georgian student who paints with bacteria earns third place at Microbiology Art Contest
Georgian student of veterinary department, who is famous for creating artworks using bacteria
Patriarch to Georgian emigrants: “I urge you to stay where you are, but at the same time be in your homeland”
The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II addressed Georgian emigrants attending the Diaspora Forum taking place in Tbilisi,
May 17: Anti-Homophobia and Family Purity Day events take place simultaneously in Georgia
May 17th features two different events: one part of the society marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in Georgia
Bicycle Lanes to Be Laid in Tbilisi
Tbilisi will soon boast its own cycle paths and infrastructure, enabling riders to safely navigate the city in specifically modified areas.
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
Last month nearly a million international travelers visited Georgia
Famous pop singer Rihanna who is a big fan of Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia,
Today Georgia marks the day of a highest significance in the country’s history.
So-called Night Wolves, Russian motorcycle club, has arrived at Vake Park.
In the frames of the media-program conducted by IREX and US Embassy to Georgia,
Ani Tsitsishvili is a 20-year-old student of Georgia’s Agricultural University veterinary department and she’s very fond of microbiology.
More and more Georgian alternative musical bands are emerging on the scene.
Wooden products are gaining popularity on Georgian market, including glasses, watches, bags, etc. A new item was added to that list recently – bows made of natural wood.
Georgian citizens will be able to enter the EU without a visa for short stays, under a new law passed by the Parliament on Thursday, - Official website of European Parliament reports.
The heavy fire has entirely destroyed the building of a trade centre Chidren’s World last night.
GEL Exchange
August 2017
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31