Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Saturday congratulated “dear fellow citizens” on Orthodox Christmas, wishing them and their families health, peace and prosperity.
The birth of Jesus Christ played a decisive role for all humanity and set an example of kindness, forgiveness, tolerance, establishment of virtue among humans and love. That is why Our Savior's birth is considered the beginning of a new nation and a celebration of hope and joy”, Garibashvili said.
The Head of the Government, along with the Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and the representatives of the executive and legislative authorities, attended a Christmas liturgy, performed by the Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II at the Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi.
The Georgian Orthodox Church is celebrating Christmas today along with other members of the Orthodox world, due to the two-week difference between the Gregorian and Julian calendars, to the latter of which Georgia adheres.