Holidays & Observances in Georgia
Georgia is a Southwest Asian country between Russia and Turkey. Despite recent civil unrest, Georgia is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Due to its location it has been annexed by Russia on several different occasions, mostly to protect it from Turkish rule. Russian culture has been highly influential, though Georgians keep well connected to their unique traditions. The culture of Georgia is a mix of Asian and European cultures. Orthodox Christianity, specifically the Georgian Orthodox Church, is the most commonly practiced religion. It follows the Julian calendar, so most holidays in Georgia are celebrated on different dates than in countries that follow the Gregorian calendar. Christmas in Georgia is the most important holiday. The time between Christmas and Epiphany is considered sacred, and many people do not work during this time.