Stories of a Georgian Easter, great!
What do late night cemetery rendesvous, toy guns, inter-village judo tournaments and drunk driving all have in common? If I told you that it was Georgian Easter would you be surprised? I would have been, until I experienced it myself. If I had to summarize my Georgian Easter experience in one word, it would be “epic”.
“Aghdgoma” in Georgian, it’s the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Because Georgia is an Orthodox Christian country, it’s celebrated across the board as the most important holiday of the year. A lot of time is spent in church in the days leading up to Aghdgoma and it’s also important to know that the 40 days beforehand are spent in fasting by many Georgians. This fast (markhva) involves abstaining from alcohol, meat, dairy and oil, or some combination of these. Some fast for two days a week and others every day, depending on the discernment of…
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