Georgia: Nation celebrates Georgian Language Day

The Georgian language day which falls every year on April 14 was celebrated with great enthusiasm this year also. To mark this historic day an event was organized by the Center for Development of Culture, in the hall of the State Museum named after Ilia Chavchavadze.

In this event dedicated to the Georgian Language Day children of the Literary Club and local ensembles participated with great interest as well.

Givi Zautashvili the Mayor of Kvarli Municipality who was also present on the occasion addressed the community members gathered at the event. He extended his heartfelt congratulations to all participants on the Georgian Language Day.

It is to be added that today a total of 46 years have passed since the peaceful manifestation of April 14, 1978. On that day Georgian nation stood in front of the Soviet government’s attempt to abolish the state status of the Georgian language by the new constitution.

However due to high resistance from the Georgians it was the first time in the history of the Soviet Union the communist regime withdrew from its decision against the Georgian language.

The key speakers of the occasion stated that “ the mother tongue is an essential weapon for preserving identity and cultural heritage. In Georgia, you will meet representatives of many ethnicities, who first of all are united through the bond of the state language. We are proud of the Georgian language and literature, which has one of the oldest and most continuous histories in the whole world. Moreover, Georgia is the only country where language and alphabet monument was erected to uplift the status of Georgian languages across national and regional boundaries”.

Mayor underlined that the language is a living organism. It grows, develops, and changes with society changes as time passes. Everyone needs to be cautious like a living creature for the protection of the national language . That’s why I ask everyone to stand up for the sanctity of the language, protect it, keep it holy, and pass it on to the next generation. Happy Mother Tongue Day to all.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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