CULTURE:

THE GEORGIAN CALENDAR

JANUARY – ianvari
1. – New Year
14. – Old – New Year (for Orthodox Christians).
17. – Martyrs of Shio-Mgvime: Evagresi, Diacon Ilia and others.
21. – Saint ABO of Tiflis (786 AD).
27. – Saint Nina , Nino (IV century).
28. – Salome of Ujarma (IV century).

FEBRUARY – Tebervali
1. – Saint ANTONY (Martkopheli, the Hermit, VI century).
8. – Saint DAVID IV, the Victorious, (King of Georgia and Defender of the Faith, 1125 AD).
11. – St. Ashot Curapalati (Martyr in Temple of Artanuji, 829 AD).
17. – St. Evagrisi (the disciple of Shio-Mgvimeli).
19. – St. Arsen Ikaltoeli (1127 AD).
23. – St. Ioane Chimchimeli (Philosopher, XIII century).
25. – Feast Day of Icon of Most Holy Theotokos of Iberia [Georgia], also, Prokhore of Georgia (a reestablisher of Holy Cross Monastery in Jerusalem, XI century), and also St. Nikolz Dvali (Martyre by Muslims in Jerusalem, 1314 AD).
MARCH – marti
3. – Mother’s Day; also St. Nikoloz Catholicosi (1591 AD).
7. – The Nine Brothers of Kola – SS. Guram, Adarnase, Baqar, Vache, Bardzim, Dachi, Juansher, Ramaz and Pharsman (were stoned, VI century).
16. – Ioane Catholicos (“Oqropir”, 1001 AD).
23. – Ioane of Khakhuli (was called as “Oqropiri”, X-XI cent.).
25. – King Dimitry (Tavdadebuli, 1289); Day of reestablishing Independence of Georgian Church (1917) from Russian jurisdiction (new choosen Patriarch Kirion II was killed in 1918 by Russian Tsarists).
29. – Pimen of Salosi (Enlightener of North Caucasus peope, XIII century).
APRIL – Aaprili
10. – St. Ioane bishop of Mangleli (1751 AD).
14. – St. Ioane Shavteli and Evlogy of Salosi.
15. – St. Giorgi Matskevereli (IX-X cent.).
17. – St. Giorgi Mtsire (IX century).
23. – Saint mothers (nuns) of Qvabtakhevi Monastery (1386); and also “Glory of Georgian Language”.
28. – Saint CYCHIUS and 16 Georgian Martyrs: Andria, Anastasi, Talale, Theodorite, Ivqirion, Iordane, Kondrate, Lukiane, Mimnanos, Nerangios, Polyevqtos, Iakob, Phoka, Domentiane, Biqtor and Zosime.
MAY – maisi
1. – St.Basili Ratishvili (XIII century).
2. – Day of Didube (Diduboba).
3. – 6000 Martyrs in the David Garejeli Monastery (1616 AD).
14. – Saint Queen Tamari (1213 AD).
16. – Saint Mamai Cathalicos (744 AD); also Miqael and Arsen of Georgia – of Ulompo (IX century).
20. – Saint JOHN ZEDAZNELI and the thirteen Syrian Fathers: Abibos Nekreseli, Anton Martmkofeli, David Garejeli, Zenon Ikaltoeli, Tadeoz of Stephantsminda, Ise of Tsilkani, Ioseb of Alaverdi, Isidore of Samtavno, Miqael of Ulompo, Piros of Breta, Stephane of Khirsa and Shio of Mgvime (VI century); and also Akaki Asistavi (303 AD).
22. – Saint SHIO OF MGHVIMELI (Mghvime), the Anchorite (VI cent.)
26. – INDEPENDENCE DAY OF GEORGIA; and also Saint EUTHYMIUS of Athos, the translator (1028).
31. – Saints DAVID and TARICHAN, brothers (693 AD).

JUNE – ivnisi
1. –
SAINT NINO (Nina), Her entrence into Georgia (323 AD).
5. – King Dimitry, the writter of Georgian Sacred song “You are a grape garden…” (1157).
9. – St. Basili, the son of King Bagrat III.
14. – Holy Fathers: Shio of Akhali, David, Gabriel and Pavle of Gareja, (were killed by Leks [Dagestanians] during 1696-1700 AD).
15. – St. Dodo of Gareja (596 AD).
16. – St. David of Gareja (“Mamadavitoba” in Tbilisi, VI century).
22. – St. Ioane of Shavtel-Gaenati (XIII century).
25. – St. Tornike of Athos (Ioane).
29. – Saint Qaikhosro of Georgia (1558 AD).
30. – Saint Shalva of Akhaltsikhe (1227AD).
JULY – ivlisi
4. – Saints ARCHIL (784 AD) and LUARSAB II (1622 AD).
10. – Saint GEORGE of Mount Athos (1065).
13.
– Day of Twelve Apostles. SVETITSKHOVLOBA; Public baptism in the river Aragvi.
25. – Saints JOHN (Euthymu’s father) and GABRIEL (X century).
AUGUST – agvisto
3. – Saint SALOME OF GEORGIA (martyred by Muslims, XVIII cent.); also Saint Ilia Chavchavadze (was killed by Russian Tsarists, 1837-1907 AD); and also Day of Angel of Georgian Catholocos – Patriarch –
Ilia II.
Saint ILARION OF TVALI (XI century)
11. – Saint EUSTHATHIUS of Mtskheta (589 AD).
13. – St. Arsen, Bishop of Ninotsminda (1082).
16. – Saint RAJDEN, Martyred in village Tsromi (457).
21.
– St. Eqvtime, Elder of Monastery of St. John Baptist (1804).
25. – SS. Geronti, Seraphion, Herman, Bessarion, Miqael and Svimeoni (were killed in the monastery of Gareja, 1851).
28. – Day of Sion (Sionoba).
29. – Saint ANTONY of Martkofi (see also Jen.19); Day of Anchiskhati Cathedral (Anchiskhatoba); Saint Qristophore of Guria.
30. – St. Qristodule (Philosopher, XII century).
SEPTEMBER – seqtemberi
2. – Day of Didgori (Didgoroba).
3. – St. Sarmean, Catholocos of Qartli (779 AD).
10. –Saint SHUSHAINIK (Susanna), Queen and Martyr (475 AD).
14. – Begining of Indiqtion – New Year according to Church Calendar.
21. – Day of Didube and Gelati (Diduboba, Gelatoba).
26. –
Saint KETEVAN, Queen of Kachetia, Martyr (1624 AD).
28. – Saint JOSEPH of Alaverdi (570 AD).
29. – Saint ISAAC and JOSEPH, Martyred in Karnu (808 AD).
OCTOBER – oqtomberi
1. – Saint BIDZINA; and two brothers from Ksani – SS. SHALVA and ELIZBAR (1661).
8. – Saint Arsen the Great (Catholocos, 887 AD).
12. – St. Onophre of Gareja (XVIII century).
14. – Commemoration of the miracles wrought by the holy tunic of OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST; also St. King Mirian, Queen Nana and St. Sidonia (sister of Jew rabbin – Abiatar, IV century); Day of Mtskheta (Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba).
15. – Saints DAVID and CONSTANTINE (Mkheidze, 740 AD).
17. – Saint Evdemoz Catholicos (martyr, 1642 AD).
18. – Saint GREGORY of Khandza (861 AD).
20. – St. Elder Ioseb (1763 AD).
26. – Saint Antony, Mitropolit of Chkondidi and his disciple Elder-monk Iakob (1815 AD).
29. – Martyr Longinoz of Asistavi (a witness of suffering of Jesus Christ, I century, AD).
30. – Saint Joseph (Catholicos, 1770 AD).
NOVEMBER – noemberi
10. – Saint NEOPHYTUS of Urbani, Martyr (VII century).
11. – Saint SERAPHION of Zarzma (900 AD).
12.
– St. Iotham Zedgenidze (1465 AD).
13. – Memorial Day of 100,000 martyrs in Tbilisi (1227 AD).
17. – SS. Ioane, Stephan and Isaia of Georgia (846 AD).
23. – St. King Konstantine (martyr, 852 AD).
30. – Saint MIQAEL of Gobron (914 AD).
DECEMBER – dekemberi
2. – Saint HILARION of Georgia (875 AD).
12. – Saint ABIBOS, Bishop of Nekresa, Martyr (VI century).
13.
– The entrence of the Apostle Andrea in Georgia (62 AD); and St. King Vakhtang Gorgasali (502 AD).
15. – Saint IESSE, Bishop of Tsilkani (“Tsilknoba”, VII century).
24.
– Day of all Georgian Fathers and Mothers.
25. – Intronozation Day of Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch
ILIA II ,his Consecration to the Patriarchacy.

The Fallowing are movable:
* Saint SHIO of Mgvime (another commemoration); – Thursday before Great Lent.
* Shota Rustaveli, the Poet, a reestablisher of Holy Cross Monastery in Jerusalem; – Monday after Pentacost.
* The Monks of Saint David Garesja monastery (Martyrs under Shah Abbas); – Tuesday in Holy Week.
* Saint DODO, Wednesday of the seventh week after Pascha (Easter).
* Saint DAVID of Garedsja , Thursday of the seventh week after Pascha (Easter).

There is a similarity between the Georgian and Byzantine (Greek) Kalendars. The following saints, however, are commemorated by the Georgians. Some of them are also included in the Armenian Kalendar.This list is complited, with slight variations, from “Georgian Church Kalendar”, by BESIKI SISAURI. Have some comments or ideas, please, feel free and write.

Source: Georgian Orthodox Calendar
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