Georgia celebrates National Flag Day today

President Giorgi Margvelahsvili is raising the national flag of Georgia. Photo by the President's press office, 14 Jan 2018 - 13:09, Tbilisi,Georgia

Today Georgia marks National Flag Day that is also known as the Five Cross Flag of Georgia.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili raised the national flag with the children of Georgian heroes Giorgi Antsukhelidze and Zaza Damenia at the Presidential Palace this morning.

The Georgian national flag will be festively raised in different regions of Georgia. Citizens are also encouraged to raise symbolic flags out of their windows to join the national celebration.

The current national flag of Georgia was adopted by Parliament in 2004. Photo by the president's press office

Parliamentary Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze is also hosting a reception dedicated to National Flag Day. The guests of the reception will have the opportunity to see all the national flags and emblems of various Georgian municipalities and self-governing cities.

The current national flag was adopted by Parliament on January 14, 2004.

The flag was used by the Georgian patriotic movement following the country's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Rescuers raise the national flag on the Ujarma fortress in Kakheti. Photo by the President's press office

By the late 1990s, the design had become widely known as 'the Georgian historical national flag' as vexillologists had pointed out the red-on-white Jerusalem cross, shown as the flag of Tbilisi in a 14th-century map by Domenico and Francesco Pizzigano, 14th century Venetian cartographers.

The majority of Georgians, including the Georgian church, supported the restoration of the flag in 2004.

National Flag Day was first observed in Georgia five years ago, on January 14, 2012.