Georgians march on church-backed Family Purity Day in Tbilisi

Family purity day was first marked in 2014. Photo IPN., 17 May 2019 - 18:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Hundreds of Georgians are marching in Tbilisi today, marking family purity day backed by the Georgian orthodox church, first celebrated in 2014.

On the day clerics urge people to take to the streets and visit churches to pray for their families and respect Christian family traditions.

The church announced plans to celebrate the day after the bloody attack on LGBT supporters and their opposers in 2013 on May 17, which also marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Police did not have to be on high alert today as the LGBT community and their supporters held no march today.

Now the marchers are going to the Sameba Trinity Cathedral from the Rose Square to attend a service and then a concert, which will take place in the yard of the cathedral.

The participants hold Georgian flags, icons and many of them are dressed in national clothes.