May 26th is Georgian Independence Day. The day they celebrate the break from the Russian Empire in 1918. On this day they celebrate with festivals and concerts in all the major cities and towns.
It was a rainy Sunday but that’s no reason to not go out and see the celebrations. Lado’s friends came to the house to get us to go to the town square. The concert was to start later, so the majority of the crowd was there to see the military’s gadgets and vehicles.
Lado has a great interest in military planes, vehicles and guns. I don’t know which interest takes precedence; cars or military stuff. He knows the names of tanks, planes, and guns. And not only the Georgian ones, he also knows American military statistics. Maybe that’s what boys do. I vaguely remember being obsessed with the Porsche 911 and the F-14 jet plane growing up. Hmm… now that I think about it, I remember making model airplanes.
So when we got to the guns on display, he looked like a kid in a candy store. Nika, like me, doesn’t really like guns and such. But he did let me photo him in an armored vehicle.
They had various arts and craft stations out. The local community college apparently has a culinary class. They displayed some Georgian dishes with a modern twist. I really wanted to sample the caviar, but didn’t want to wait around in the rain for it. Lado was willing to wait in the rain, however. He only relented to leave when he recognized the ingredients of one of the finger sandwiches and resolved to come home to make it himself. Unfortunately none of the ingredients he needed were at home.
The concert part of the celebration didn’t start until 5 that afternoon. This time the stage was outside in front of the theater. Which meant that we could see all of the dancers and singers that were to take part in the concert. There were a LOT of kids in a rainbow array of costumes lined up and ready to take part in the parade of performers. What I quickly noticed though was I had seen all of these performances before at the Oz kids’ Concert.
It was super hot outside, so I went home.
When I got to the house, the host dad was preparing to take Nino out to the festivities. She was in her cutie pie clothes. And was more excited about that than going to see the concert. The concert lasted well into the night and was concluded with fireworks… from what I could hear.
Happy Independence Day, Georgia.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
US Declaration of Independence, 1776