2024 Public Holidays in Georgia


Public Holidays in Georgia in 2024

Georgia, a country situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse population. The nation celebrates numerous public holidays throughout the year, reflecting its history, traditions, and religious significance. In 2024, Georgia will observe a range of holidays, each with its own unique customs and celebrations.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day (ახალი წელი) – January 1st

New Year’s Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Georgia, marking the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. Festivities include family gatherings, fireworks displays, and concerts in major cities like Tbilisi. It’s a time for reflection, celebration, and optimism for the year ahead.

Orthodox Christmas (შობა) – January 7th

Orthodox Christmas, also known as Shobha, is one of the most important religious holidays in Georgia. Celebrated by Orthodox Christians, it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Georgians attend church services, followed by family feasts and gatherings.

International Women’s Day (შუამავლების დღე) – March 8th

International Women’s Day is widely celebrated in Georgia, honoring the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a public holiday, with various events, including concerts, exhibitions, and forums, organized to promote gender equality and women’s rights.

Independence Day (დამოუკიდებლობის დღე) – May 26th

Independence Day commemorates Georgia’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1918 and the restoration of independence in 1991. It is celebrated with patriotic fervor, featuring parades, concerts, and cultural performances across the country.

Saint George’s Day (გიორგობა) – November 23rd

Saint George’s Day is a significant religious and cultural holiday in Georgia, honoring Saint George, the patron saint of the country. It is observed with church services, processions, and traditional rituals, often accompanied by feasting and folk music and dance.

Religious Holidays

Orthodox Easter (აღდგომა) – Date varies (Orthodox calendar)

Orthodox Easter, known as Aghdgoma in Georgian, is the most important religious holiday for Orthodox Christians. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Celebrations include church services, candlelight processions, and the traditional blessing of Easter foods.

Saint Mary’s Day (მიხეილობა) – August 28th

Saint Mary’s Day, also known as Mikheloba, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and celebrated by Orthodox Christians. It is observed with religious services, processions, and special prayers, particularly in churches dedicated to Saint Mary.

Table of Public Holidays and Days Off

Holiday Date Days Off Groups
New Year’s Day January 1 1 All
Orthodox Christmas January 7 1 Orthodox Christians
International Women’s Day March 8 1 All (with special focus on women)
Independence Day May 26 1 All
Saint George’s Day November 23 1 All
Orthodox Easter Variable 1-2 Orthodox Christians
Saint Mary’s Day August 28 1 Orthodox Christians

 

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