Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Georgia

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Georgians are very hospitable (and beyond). If you are invited someplace by a Georgian, it will be almost difficult to pay for anything, and even bringing up the topic of who will pay the bill may be humiliating for your host. If you are invited to a private house for supper, bring plenty of wine or desserts.

It is traditional to welcome nearly everyone who passes you with a pleasant “Gamarjoba” while traveling in rural villages (and in the calmer areas of Tbilisi) (Hello). And the appropriate answer is “Gagimarjos.”

It is a deeply established and unique feature of Georgian hospitality because Georgians want nothing more than to hear that visitors are having a good time in Georgia. You may expect to be asked whether you like Georgia and its food. And it is anticipated that you respond in the positive. Otherwise, your “hosts” would seem sad, as if they are collectively failing to offer guests adequate hospitality.

When attending churches, dress conservatively. Avoid wearing shorts or sleeveless tops. Women are generally expected to wear a head covering and a dress or skirt; in certain locations, these are supplied.

Sensitive Issues

Avoid discussing Russia, particularly the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Talking about this topic may lead to animosity, heated arguments, and even fights. Tense ties between the two nations have resulted in a number of crises, most notably the 2008 South Ossetia war and the termination of diplomatic relations. Georgia has lost 17 percent of its land and must assist a significant number of refugees displaced by the conflict; in 1992, Russians, Cossacks, Abkhazian rebels, and north Caucasian mercenary soldiers ethnically cleansed Georgians in Abkhazia. In Georgia, antipathy and hatred against Russia are at an all-time high.