The Georgians are celebrating the New Year’s Eve every year, it’s a holiday and there are some traditions:
There are people who are making holes in the ice to bless the water when it freezes. There are celebrations and the streets are full of Christmas trees, decorations including stars, angels, lights and palm fronds that refers to peace. People are also giving gifts to each other.
The Christmas day on 7th of January as documented in the bible so on this day Christians go to pray and celebrate in churches to have a blessed year.
The Christmas celebrations in Georgia…
The most famous traditions are:
Bedoba in Georgian means “a day of luck”. It is New Year’s second day (January 2nd) and is usually the continuation of the New Year’s feast. According to the old tradition, what happens on Bedoba, happens the whole next year, so cheerful mood is advised. Everybody tries to do their best and live their life as cheerful as they can. Negativity is prohibited. As we expect that Bedoba has an extended effect on the following 365 days, you can even smell the positivity in the air.
The Christmas tree:
Chichilaki tree which is mostly decorated with flowers and fruits. This Christmas tree is made from dried walnut or hazelnut brunches. It is processed until it gets fluffy and curly shavings. Chichilaki is a tree of luck and is burnt (on the day before the Georgian Orthodox Epiphany, on January 19) as a symbol of leaving out the previous year’s troubles and misfortune
Mekvle is the first person to enter the house on New Year’s Day, known as a lucky foot. Kvali means – a footstep in Georgian. It is believed that the upcoming year will pass according to the fortune, joy, and luck that Mekvle brings. When entering the house, Mekvle says following words that are rhymed in Georgian: “I set my foot here – may the God bless you, my step – is a footprint of an angel…..” – Which is accompanied by throwing the sweets, nuts, and fruit in every corner of the room. Mekvle should be an exceptional person so most of the time the arrangements are made earlier. Hosting a Mekvle used to be a whole ceremony and still continues to be.
Mekvle has to be chosen as one of your known visitors to be disguised as this historical and fictional character (Mekvle) who brings happiness to the house, and if your year passed peacefully so your intentions were good and your soul is pure.