The tall person told me that today is a public holiday in Georgia. It is called Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgia before Tbilisi and Svetitskhovloba is its cathedral. The holiday celebrates the founding of the cathedral, which was built on the grave of a woman called Sidonia who was buried with part of Jesus’ robe. It is one of the holiest places in Georgia and ten of Georgia’s kings are buried there.

Many people practice a ten-hour fast before having a large traditional meal in the early evening. We didn’t have a fast in our house but we did have a traditional barbecue feast.

You will see from the picture that I waited (im)patiently for the meat to cook!

I can confirm that it was worth the wait.

Happy holiday!

22 thoughts on “Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba

  1. Fun to hear about your unusual holiday, Bassa. You sure living in an interesting place for this Northern Canadian doggie to read about.

    Just don’t ask me to pronounce the name of your holiday! We just had Canadian Thanksgiving here. No cathedrals to celebrate but lots of turkey leftovers to eat. Slurp!

    Glad the bbq was worth the wait. MMMMM! I’m envious.

  2. You were a VERY patient and good girl! Did you get to enjoy some of the meat? Tom and I are so mean–he made hamburgers on the grill last night, and Duke and Gertie didn’t get ANY.

  3. Sweet Bassa so patient to wait for the meat to cook. Glad you got to enjoy some of it. Interesting and unusual holiday! Enjoy! hugs

  4. Interesting holiday. Here in Taipei, they have a holiday during the autumn solstice which I call “Moon Cake Day” because they give out moon cakes based on tradition.However, people celebrate with a barbecue. You might want to come down here seeing that you seem to like grilled meat.

  5. My mom says that cathedrals in foreign countries are very interesting because we don’t have them here. We have temples and shrines but those architectures are very different from cathedrals. 🙂

  6. A traditional barbecue feast–yummy! It was funny to see all that drooling. BOL! x You were actually incredibly patient looking in the photo, Bassa! We’re glad that it was worth the wait. Happy Holiday from the Berner Girls! x

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