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Georgia celebrates Flag Day

By Tea Mariamidze
Friday, January 15
National Flag Day was marked in Georgia on January 14. The current national flag of Georgia was adopted by Parliament on January 14, 2004, and it is also known as the Five Cross Flag of Georgia.

The celebrations started in various regions of Georgia and finished in Tbilisi, when the flag was erected above the Presidential Palace. Overall, national flags were symbolically raised in 9 points of Georgia.

The national flag was also raised near the border of Abkhazia, at the Enguri Bridge, by Zugdidi State University students.

A special exhibition was also organized at the Presidential Palace in Avlabari, depicting medieval period heraldic materials reflecting the Five Cross Flag.

President Margvelashvili hosted students from a number of regions. During the visit, the students and young cadets raised an original copy of the national flag, specially made for the ceremony.

After the ceremony, the President addressed the students and the Georgians gathered at the Presidential Palace.

“Our flag is the symbol of our history and heroism. It represents not only our past but our future as well; when we gather under our national flag, we think about the victories we had in the past and will have in future. This is the main instrument for our national goals to strengthen our country,” stated Margvelashvili.

The President congratulated every citizen on Flag Day and wished them every future success and happiness.

“I want to congratulate every citizen and wish them happiness and future victories. God bless Georgia,” the president addressed public.