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Feast of the Georgian Language?
« on: March 11, 2009, 02:28:39 PM »
I was taking a gander at the calendar on Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (MP) in Baltimore and noticed that a "feast of the Georgian language" is celebrated on April 11 this year.  Anyone know the story behind that?  Are there feasts for other languages, as well?
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Re: Feast of the Georgian Language?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 04:09:19 PM »
St.St. Cyril and Methodius Day (11th of May) is the Day of Bulgarian Language - I've read it somewhere.
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Re: Feast of the Georgian Language?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009, 02:36:12 AM »
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The April 1978 demonstrations are considered by many as the starting point of a new phase of Georgia’s national movement, which eventually led the country into widespread resistance to Soviet rule in the late 1980s and the declaration of Georgian independence on April 9, 1991. Since 1990, April 14 has been celebrated as the "Day of the Georgian Language". Although it is not an official holiday, it is customarily a date for commemorating the events of 1978 and summarizing what has been accomplished by the nation during the past year in the areas of teaching and research.

Because April 14 is Holy Tuesday, the feast is a movable feast to Lazarus Saturday.

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Re: Feast of the Georgian Language?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011, 05:42:11 AM »
Actually the celebration of this day goes much father than stated in wiki. It is not accidental that the feast is celebrated on the day of rising righteous Lazarus from dead by the Lord Jesus Christ. In Georgian tradition the new testament story has also another, prophetic, meaning where Lazarus symbolically represents Georgian Language. 10th century Georgian monk Ioane Zosime wrote a mystical short poem which has very strange grammatical and lexical "errors". This poem is called "Praise and Exaltation of the Georgian Language". In Georgian it reads (after correcting these "errors"):

This text speaks of apocalyptic meaning and importance of Georgian language. It says (to express briefly) that Georgian language is "sleeping" up to now and that language is called Lazarus in Gospels.

And the holiday is probably related to the above-mentioned things. There's an article by former Georgian president Zviad Gamsaxurdia, that was murdered, which speaks about Georgian history which is suppressed. He mentions some part of this in that article. The article is translated in English. The same author has actually another article that analyzes Ioane Zosime's poem. Unfortunately the latter has not been translated in English. Zviad Gamsakhurdia – The Spiritual Mission of Georgia - this is first article that's in English.