Traditional Alilo march to be held on January 7
06 January, 2018
Traditional Alilo march to be held on January 7
The traditional Alilo march will be held in relation to the Christmas feast on January 7. The procession will begin at Rose Revolution Square at 2 o'clock.

Hundreds of people usually take part in the march. They will pass Rustaveli Avenue, Freedom Square, Pushkin Street and the Patriarchate, where they will meet with the Patriarch, who will bless the Alilo participants.

Thereafter, they will go to the Trinity Cathedral through Baratashvili Bridge. Some of the march participants will head to the Presidential
Residence.
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Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi

The march will end at the Trinity cathedral. People will also give sweets and presents to the march participants on the way. All the sweets and presents will later be handed over to children in orphan houses.

On Christmas night, as a rule, a candle is lit at the window in every household. This is how Orthodox Christians in Georgia mark the Christmas Eve and congratulate each other on this special day. The tradition of lighting candles at the windows was established by Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II.

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A candle is lit at the window in every household

According to the representatives of Georgian Orthodox Church, lighting the candle at the window means that we are inviting Jesus Christ in our houses.

The Alilo tradition dates back from the 5-6th centuries. Its celebration was resumed a few years ago.

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