Tbilisoba City Fest 2019, which officially kicked off yesterday, continues with various celebratory events in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi today as well.
President Salome Zurabishvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze also joined the celebrations.
Tbilisi has stood on its hills as our pride for more than 1,500 years, surviving countless invasions and maintaining its historical beauty. Happy Tbilisoba! გილოცავთ თბილისობას! pic.twitter.com/GYeMmhWq1c— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) October 5, 2019
The traditional award ceremony of seven honourable citizens and a gala concert took place at Orbeliani Square at 8 pm.
Photo: Tbilisi City Hall/Facebook
The concert was dedicated to the late Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, who died after a long illness on October 2, aged 84. Mayor Kaladze said that next year Tbilisoba City Fets will be entirely dedicated to the late composer.
#Tbilisi is hosting #Tbilisoba City Fest 2019 this weekend. Had a chance to enjoy today's festivities & was impressed by the energy. @TbilisiCity did a great job. Thank you to @kakhakala and all our foreign friends who showcased their customs & traditions! pic.twitter.com/I1kNh0HXuj— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) October 5, 2019
Tbilisoba has a long tradition of celebration. It was first marked in October 1979 and soon became one of the country's most colourful and spectacular celebrations.
Marked as a public holiday, Tbilisoba traditionally attracts thousands of people and hosts all sorts of events from mid-morning until late in the evening.