Independence Day – The birth of Democratic Republic of Georgia
26 May, 2017
Today Georgia marks the day of a highest significance in the country’s history. The Independence Day of Georgia is observed on May 26th and in relation to this celebration of a great value, various events are being held across the city.

On this date 99 years ago Georgia gained independence from the Russian Empire, a part of which it had been since the early 19th century. On May 26 of 1918, exactly at 5:10am, the National Council of Georgia (that
was renamed into the Parliament of Georgia) adopted the Act of Independence that gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Georgia. Yet, the victory and the taste of freedom turned out to be quite short; in 1921 Georgia was invaded by the Soviet Russian army and eventually incorporated into the newly formed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Only 70 years later, on April 9 of 1991, Georgia managed to free itself from the totalitarian system and claim back its independence, in the aftermath of the tragedy and national rally that took place on April 9, 1989. Dozens of citizens fell victim to the Soviet Russian army that suppressed the peaceful rally with unseen cruelty.
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The National Council of Georgia declaring Georgia's independence

Despite all the hardships that Georgia has undergone, Georgian people always strived to independence and never lost the feeling of inner freedom. This year, Georgia’s Independence Day coincides with the birth of Georgia’s greatest 12th century writer Shota Rustaveli, the author of an epic poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin. 850 years have passed from Shota Rustaveli’s birth and in relation to this important occasion, the major motto of this year is ‘I come from the country of Rustaveli’. Special activities and various events are dedicated to Rustaveli and his unique poem today.

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April 9, 1989



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