Georgia celebrates St. George's Day

 Orthodox Georgians celebrate Saint George’s Day twice a year., 23 Nov 2021 - 11:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Orthodox Christians in Georgia are celebrating one of the most significant days in the country’s religious calendar, Saint George’s Day [Giorgoba in Georgian] today. 

The majority of the Georgian population is Orthodox Christian, so today is a public holiday in the country.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Saint George’s Day twice a year, on May 6 and November 23 (according to the Julian calendar). 

November 23 marks the day when Saint George was tortured on the wheel.

Saint George was born in the latter part of the third century AD to a Greek Christian noble family in Lydda, Palestine.

After his father’s death, Saint George enlisted in the Roman Army and by his late 20s, was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and joined the imperial guard of the Emperor Diocletian at Nicomedia, the eastern capital city of the Roman Empire.

During the year 303 AD, the Emperor Diocletian summoned his officers and instructed them to persecute the Christians.

When George refused this he was tortured and then beheaded on April 23, (April 23 corresponds to 6 May on the Julian calendar).