Georgia is celebrating National Flag Day today.
The current national symbol of Georgia, also known as the Five Cross Flag, was officially introduced in January 2004.
While speaking about the importance of the national symbol, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said that ‘it inspires a patriotic spirit and great pride in each of us [Georgians]’.
The national flag of Georgia contains the history of our country and people, the values and aspirations that we will always uphold. I am sure that the time when this symbol of Georgian statehood will be erected next to the flags of the member states of the European family is not far away”, said Gakharia.
President Zurabishvili has called on everyone to respect the national symbol, as respecting the flag of Georgia means respecting ourselves, the country, culture, and traditions. Photo: president.gov.ge.
The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili has congratulated the public, children, army, doctors, police officers, and emigrants on the National Flag Day from the Orbeliani Palace, where Georgian flag was raised.
I would like to congratulate this day to youth, children, everyone who has been living under the state flag of our country for 30 years; Who does not remember the time when the flag of another country was flying in this country – this is the greatest happiness. The national flag of Georgia is a symbol of our independence and freedom”, said Salome Zurabishvili.
The national flag was raised at Vaziani Military Base, at the Georgian Ministry of Defense and on all military bases of Georgia’s defence forces.
Vaziani Military Base. Photo: mod.gov.ge.
The State Council of Heraldry has congratulated the public on National Flag day and called of Georgian citizens to raise the national flag on their balconies and homes to honour Georgian warriors and heroes.
January 14 is an opportunity to honor warriors, heroes, and national figures, people of free spirit and dignity. This day is an opportunity to show our descendants that the flag they served, for which they sacrificed their lives, is still proudly hoisted today. Today is our turn to raise the national flag”, reads an official statement of the State Council of Heraldry.
Today #Georgia celebrates a Nat’l #FlagDay ???????? #OTD 17Y ago the nat’l flag was adopted by the @Geoparliament. This flag is shown in the 1367 map of Venetian cartographers, Domenico & Francesco Pizzigano pic.twitter.com/ADmxGhJEzK— Shalva Tsiskarashvili (@tsiskarashvili) January 14, 2021
The flag of Georgia which was used before the current one was a three-coloured one (red, black and white) first adopted for the 1918-1921 First Democratic Republic of Georgia.